CHEYENNE, Wyo. – According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, an 11-pound bear rescued from the Ute Pass area on Monday that was thought to have been a cub, but was actually a severely underweight and hypothermic yearling, and despite efforts to nurse her back to health, didn’t survive.
The young female bear was rescued from a snowstorm on Ute Pass above Manitou Springs on Monday. A witness had seen the bear collapse in a yard and covered it with a box before calling CPW.
According to officials, when CPW officers arrived, the bear was near death from hypothermia. They immediately started warming the young bear and giving it fluids. The bear began to respond and officers were hopeful it may recover, CPW said.
CPW transported the 11-pound bear to its Frisco Creek Wildlife Center in Del Norte for rehab.
A day later the CPW tweeted an update on the bears conditions, stating that she had died.
“Sadly the bear didn’t survive the night. “I take this real personal,” said Michael Sirochman, manager of @COParksWildlife‘s Frisco Creek Wildlife Center. His somber tone reflects the mood in the CPW’s SE Region office. “I feel like I failed despite all our best efforts.”
A yearling bear should weigh 30-40 pounds, said Michael Sirochman, @COParksWildlife rehab expert. He guessed it was orphaned last summer then struggled. Sadly it burned up all fat and muscle in hibernation. “We saved 3 cubs last year, but this bear was too far gone.”