LYNNWOOD, Wash. - An orphan bear cub found on the side of a logging road near Roseburg could be returned to the wild next spring.
The female cub has been at PAWS Wildlife Center for three weeks.
"She’s gaining weight and getting stronger every day," said Kevin Mack, naturalist at the center. "If all goes well, she will return to the wild in Oregon sometime next spring."
The orphan cub arrived May 19 at the PAWS facility. She weighed in at barely 4 lbs.
An Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist found the cub and a male sibling by side of logging road outside Roseburg on May 18.
Some loggers had spotted the bears a few days earlier and reported the sighting to ODFW.
The male did not survive. It is not known what happened to their mother.
An earlier version of this story reported the bears were found near Corvallis. KVAL News confirmed with ODFW that the actual location was near Roseburg.