Orphaned Banff bear cubs now safe in Ontario despite efforts by Alberta and B.C. to block rescue

The Extinction Chronicles

Orphaned Banff bear cubs now safe in Ontario despite efforts by Alberta and B.C. to block rescue

Joseph Brean | April 18, 2017

On April Fools Day, when motorists discovered three ridiculously cute, teddy-sized, two-month-old black bear cubs inside a locked roadside washroom in Banff National Park, it must have seemed like some kind of prank.

April 1 has another significance in Alberta, however. It marks the start of the spring bear hunt. The cubs could have separated from their mother in any number of natural ways. But given that they were far too small to open a bathroom door on their own, and Parks Canada rangers were unable to find the mother bear or her body after a wide two-day search, it appears someone illegally shot a nursing sow, and rather than leave her cubs to starve, instead locked them somewhere they were sure to be found — like a…

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