SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (FOX 11) - Wildlife officials said they believe someone illegally separated two bear cubs from their mother and left the young animals along a highway in Northern California.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife said its investigators were processing evidence discovered with the cubs March 9 along State Route 96.
We're asking for the public's help and information on two small bear cubs found earlier this month along Highway 96 in Siskiyou County. Wildlife officers believe one or more persons may be responsible for separating the young bears from their mother. https://t.co/h3EFscevdH pic.twitter.com/um2OLQPQuh— Cal Fish & Wildlife (@CaliforniaDFW) March 15, 2019
Game wardens said they couldn't find the mother, so they took the cubs to be evaluated by wildlife veterinarians who determined they were healthy.
The cubs were then transferred to a rehabilitation facility in South Lake Tahoe.
The two small bear cubs found earlier this month in Siskiyou County without their mother are being cared for at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care. CDFW is investigating the situation. Tips can be shared anonymously with law enforcement at https://t.co/h3EFscevdH pic.twitter.com/1G7t7BgYOy— Cal Fish & Wildlife (@CaliforniaDFW) March 15, 2019
Investigators from the department are seeking tips from the public. They said there are only a few hundred wildlife officers spread throughout California and they need help from residents to combat poaching.
Anyone with information about a poaching or polluting incident was urged to call the toll free CalTIP number at 1-888-334-CALTIP (888 334-2258).
FOX 11 reported on this story from Los Angeles. The Associated Press contributed.