Bear cubs can get themselves into some crazy and sometimes dangerous predicaments. They are curious and playful creatures, keeping mama bear on her toes at all times. I’ve personally run into lots of bears while trail running. Usually, mama is close by, but sometimes it doesn’t seem like it. Last year I called our local game commissioner about a cub bawling loudly on a rock in the middle of a raging river. He said they respond to these calls a lot because
Last year I called our local game commissioner about a cub bawling loudly on a rock in the middle of a raging river. He said they respond to these calls a lot because Cubs get themselves into predicaments often like this. Thankfully the one I called about was a yearling, and it finally found a way off that rock and swam through the rapids to safety.
We will never know why or how a bear cub found himself bobbing in the middle of a lake in Huntington County, Pennsylvania, but we do know how his story ended or at least part of the story thanks to the help from a local fisherman, Brad Meck.
Meck was fishing in his boat when he noticed the cub struggling to stay afloat way out from shoreline on the lake. He drove his boat over to the little one. Meck recalls hesitating a moment, “Just as I was about to grab it I thought to myself, please don’t bite me.” Thankfully though the scared cub did not lash out at Meck with those sharp teeth and claws.
“It was as calm as could be. There wasn’t any hostility or anything towards me. He was going to drown if I didn’t help him.”
According to Meck, when the cub got to dry land, it ran off into the woods. We can only hope that it got matched back up with its mother. The State Game Commission recommends to anyone finding an animal in distress to call them and let them handle it. In this case, Meck felt there was no time to wait. He looked around for its mother, and upon not seeing her, he took matters into his own hands out of compassion for the struggling cub. He may have even saved the little cub’s life.
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