What happens after a bear wanders into a drugstore?
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A black bear cub has been found wandering the aisles of a drugstore. Now the female cub will be raised with the goal of releasing her back into the wild.
Police scooped the bear into a shopping basket Sunday. It was at a Rite-Aid store in Ashland. Shoppers took video on their smartphones.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said the cub has been taken to the PAWS Wildlife Center. Director Jennifer Convy says the staff cares for bears with hands-off methods. Those are designed to mimic conditions in the wild. They also maintain an animal's fear of people.
The department says it hopes to release the bear in southern Oregon next spring.
The cub weighs 13 pounds. Veterinarians estimate it's a couple of months old. Biologists don't know what happened to her mother. The local bear population is healthy. So bear sightings are common in the area.
Initially, authorities said it would not be possible to return the cub to the wild. That's because of her contact with humans. Now the veterinarians at PAWS feel she has a chance with the right kind of rehabilitation.