Skinny bear cubs baffle experts

By Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist
January 6, 2011

Underweight bear cubs from all over the Island are being taken to the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre in greater numbers than ever before.

Six cubs are being cared for at the centre in Errington. Another two were put down over the past week because they were too ill to survive…

Chris Darimont, Raincoast Conservation Foundation lead scientist, said the lack of pink and chum salmon might explain the low weight of the cubs.

“And [bear] family groups dealing with ecological poverty are the most likely family groups to get into trouble with humans, and especially humans that leave attractive food out,” he said

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