What happens after a bear wanders into a drugstore?
What happens after a bear wanders into a drugstore? A bear cub walking through a Rite Aid store in Ashland, Oregon (AP Photo / Robin Bishop)
What happens after a bear wanders into a drugstore?
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A black bear cub found wandering the aisles of a drugstore will be raised with the goal of releasing her into the wild next year.

Police scooped the cub into a shopping basket Sunday at a Rite-Aid store in Ashland. Shoppers took video on their smartphones.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said the bear has been taken to the PAWS Wildlife Center in Lynnwood, Washington. Director Jennifer Convy says rehabilitation staff care for bears with hands-off methods designed to mimic conditions in the wild. These conditions maintain an animal's fear of people.

The department says it hopes to release the bear somewhere in southern Oregon next spring.

According to KGW-TV, veterinarians estimate the cub, which weighs 13 pounds, to be only about 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, but no recent sow deaths have been reported, according to ODFW.

Initially, authorities said it would not be possible to return the cub to the wild, because of her contact with humans. The veterinarians at PAWS feel she has a chance with the right kind of rehabilitation.

"Bears are given diets filled with natural foods they would normally forage for in the wild," said Jennifer Convy, PAWS wildlife director. "Rehabilitated bears maintain their natural fear of humans and don't become habituated to people."

Critical thinking challenge: Why should bears be afraid of people? If bears are afraid of people, are they less likely to wander into drugstores?

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COMMENTS (81)
  • Reecesh-Fre
    10/28/2014 - 12:58 p.m.

    Bears usually take charge when they see a human. For example, you don't normally see a bear run away from a human unless the human has a gun or a deadly weapon. I believe that bears should be afraid of humans in our society today, because human can lead to death when it comes to animals. If bears were afraid of humans I believe that the bears will still try to be near the human population to search for food, but bears wouldn't be around humans as much as they are now.

  • Bryannecu-Fre
    10/28/2014 - 12:59 p.m.

    According to the text, there was a little bear cub running through the aisles of a local drugstore. This rare occurrence happened in Oregon. This little cub only weighed 13 pounds and was a couple months old. I feel bad for this little cub because he must have been so scared. My big wonder about all of this is how did the bear get in without all the people in the store not see him? This bear is going to a reserve like the wild. He can't be put back into the wild because of the human interaction. This little bear cub is in a reserve or rehabilitation at PAWS. The workers at PAWS hope to put him back into the wild next spring.

  • Connorba-Fre
    10/28/2014 - 12:59 p.m.

    This is pretty interesting. I can't believe that it was even able to get in the rite aid. I am glad that the bear will be safe in rehabilitation. I wonder what happened to the mama bear. Also bears should be in an environment like at the rehabilitation that is relatively like the natural word that they live, and they also forage for the same food in the wild. That's awesome.

  • TF00Music
    10/28/2014 - 12:59 p.m.

    Bears should be afraid of people because us humans can kill them. And you cant expect bears not to explore places. So, no I wouldn't say that they'd be less likely to wander stores

  • TE2001lego
    10/28/2014 - 01:00 p.m.

    Bear are dangerous and deadly if you mess the bears food it will be a problem with you and the bear trust me you will.

  • RM00charlie
    10/28/2014 - 01:01 p.m.

    bears are scared of humans because of the way we react when we see them. are reactions are poor when we see something that frightens us making the other thing scaring us even more scared then we are and especially for a bear cub who hasn't had human contact before.

  • Amandaoc-Fre
    10/28/2014 - 01:03 p.m.

    If the bears are afraid of people, then it is most likely that the bears won't try and hurt people. If the bears are afraid of people then when a person is going to shoot the bear, the bear with probably run away. If the bears run away because they are scared then there will be a strong bear population.

    In my opinion I think it would be awesome to randomly see a cute bear cub in a store. I am an animal lover so I would just pet the bear cub.

  • Adamho-Fre
    10/28/2014 - 01:04 p.m.

    I believe it is good for bears to fear people. If the bears didn't fear us, we would probably fear them. If a bear walked up to you showing no fear, wouldn't you be afraid? We would probably kill them if they didn't fear us.

  • Alexh-Fre
    10/28/2014 - 01:05 p.m.

    I don't think that bears should be afraid of humans because they are animals just like dogs and cats. Maybe they're a little more scary but that doesn't mean that they should be scared of us. We're scared of them when they get mad because we're afraid that they're going to attack us, well maybe they're scared that we are going to attack them. Have you ever heard the saying "the mouse is more scared of you than you are of it?" Well this is the same thing except that we're talking about a bear instead of a mouse. If bears are not scared to go in a drugstore, then maybe they should have a little more fear of humans. My opinion is that bears should only be a little scared of humans, not a whole lot.

  • ws2001wrex
    10/28/2014 - 01:08 p.m.

    Bears should be afraid of humans because, this makes them less likely to wander to a human town that is less forgiving than that town. Some humans are evil, they are willing to eat a defenseless animal. So if the bears know to be afraid of humans they will run away. And yes.

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