Boy finds bear cub inside city limits

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Myrtle Creek PD officers hold a bear cub turned in by a family Monday night.

MYRTLE CREEK, Ore. -- A boy found a black bear cub inside the city limits Monday night and told his parents.

Officers said the boy found the black bear at around 8:30 p.m. Monday in the woods off Morrison Avenue. The boy's family turned the cub in to the police.

Myrtle Creek officials ask the public to leave cubs alone if they spot bears in the wild.

It is better to report the sighting to law enforcement, as biologists say black bear mothers return to their young after leaving them for short periods of time.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife picked the cub up Tuesday morning and tried to reunite it with the mother, to no avail.

According to Tim Walters out of the Roseburg office of ODFW, the female black bear cub was still at awildlife health lab outside Corvallis undergoing evaluations as of Thursday. They are leaning towards putting her in a zoo.