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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  • ne2001bieber
    10/28/2014 - 01:09 p.m.

    Bears are probably scared of humans because they are unfamiliar creatures to them. Since bears are afraid of humans they are less likely to wander in to drug stores. Or anywhere humans are.

  • patrickma-Man
    10/28/2014 - 03:12 p.m.

    The bear should be afraid of people so it doesn't get to close and get hurt.People might get scared if its around them.So stay away from bears.

  • HEnikier-Cas
    10/28/2014 - 06:02 p.m.

    I do not think it"s ok to keep the cub until the spring, I mean I get it that it might not be able to survive on its in the winter months, seeing that its gonna be a really cold winter. but the reality is that I don't think it will survive when they let the cub free in the spring, he/she will mostly die under the circumstances of being used to people feeding them, watching them,taking care of them... it just will not be a good thing to keep the little bear in "rehabilitation"and come on they are so cute how can you keep them locked when they are meant to be let free in the wild where they belong.

  • TaylorSeifert-Ste
    10/28/2014 - 06:23 p.m.

    I wonder how the bear cub even got into the drug store. I hope she is able to go back into the wild after rehabilitation. Maybe she wanted to get her mom a birthday card... who knows.

  • isisr-Mil
    10/29/2014 - 08:34 a.m.

    I think bears shouldn't be afraid of people because not all people are bad and cruel to animals.But if they are scared of people they would probably be scared because they think were going to hurt them or shoot them.And if bears were NOT scared of people it would be more likely for them to wander into drugstores because then they would go out of the forest and look around and come in to any store and not just drugstores.But the main problem would be if bears weren't scared of people would we be scared of the bears.

  • colleenl-Ste
    10/29/2014 - 12:30 p.m.

    If I saw a bear coming into an isle in a store, I would at first think I was seeing things. This bear is really cute and tiny so I would not be that freaked out. But I would just turn around and walk away.

  • NJ2001Game
    10/29/2014 - 01:01 p.m.

    They should be afraid of people so they don't come wander out the woods on purpose to see us. They would less likely to wander into drugstores.

  • connork-Man
    10/29/2014 - 01:04 p.m.

    It would be bad if the bear or any animal had gotten into some types of drugs because it could kill the animal of cause it to go crazy and pshyco

  • jacobd-Man
    10/29/2014 - 01:04 p.m.

    I thinks its scary and amazing to see the creature like that in public and i think it should be taken to the local zoo or something.

  • cashmoneyy
    10/29/2014 - 01:08 p.m.

    Wow. The cub could have just been wandering around in the store getting in to some of the food and they don't know about it. I hope they threw away some of the food in the isles they found him in. But that's crazy how the people just took videos with their smartphones instead of calling some kind of animal control and telling someone in the store! Wow.

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