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LEBEC, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A male bear cub found in distress near Lebec last summer has been returned to the wild in the Los Padres National Forest by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
A wildlife safety officer captured the young bear cub near Lebec in August 2013, and it was rehabilitated at the Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care Facility.
According to the CDFW, a cub must still be dependent on its mother and not habituated to humans to be eligible for rehab. Centers such as the one in Lake Tahoe allow the cubs to learn how to forage for food while keeping human contact to a minimum.
A CDFW environmental scientist said it's important for people living in bear country to be diligent about keeping potential food sources away from bears.
"With responsible residents, this yearling cub will have a greater chance of survival as a healthy, wild black bear," said Victoria Monroe.