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Wildlife hospital caring for bear cubs rescued from flooded den

RHINELANDER (WKOW) — A wildlife hospital in Rhinelander is caring for two bear cubs rescued from their flooded den on Friday.

Two Ashland County deputies came across the bears that were squealing for help near the Bad River reservation.

Zach Pierce and Dylan Wegner say the babies were soaked and cold, so they briefly brought them into their squad car to warm up then called wildlife experts.

The bear cubs were admitted to Wild Instincts in Rhinelander for care.

The female was in fair condition and the male was in pretty good shape, according to a Facebook post from the hospital.

On Sunday, Wild Instincts said the two were improving after some medical care and are now both doing well.

Officials at the wildlife hospital say the public is not invited to visit the cubs. They don’t want them getting accustomed to people.

They expect to be able to release the bears back into the wild sometime this fall. The hospital has been raising wild bear cubs for a couple decades.

Experts say flooding as the snow melts could cause more animals to abandon their dens, but they also leave for other reasons.

[Photo Courtesy of Wild Instincts]

Jennifer Kliese

Weekend Anchor and Reporter, 27 News

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