The bear cub rescued by Vermont state game wardens at the Middlebury Snow Bowl is now recovering with a world-renowned bear expert.
The 1 year-old black bear is now in the hands of Ben Kilham at the Kilham Bear Center in Lyme, New Hampshire.
“The cub only weighed about 10 pounds and, in all likelihood, wouldn’t be alive right now (if it han not been captured),” Kilham said. It was rescued out of a hollow tree last week before being brought to KIlham’s center.
The male is the newest addition the 60 orphaned bear cubs now in Kilham’s care, the most he has ever had at one time in his decades-long career.
Kilham attributed the high number of orphaned bears to a particularly bad food season with scarce access to dietary staples like acorns and apples.
“They eat everything that’s put in front of them and then some,” Kilham said. “Once they’re fat enough, they go to sleep.”
Kilham said bear cubs need to have about 30 percent of their body weight be fat to safely hibernate through the cold winter.
The new cub is doing well and eating healthily, he said.
Kilham is hoping to raise funds to expand his facility and better facilitate large numbers of orphaned cubs in the future.
According to Kilham, the cub will be released back into the wild this summer after gaining 35 to 40 pound.