Deputies rescue bear cubs from flooded den

Water levels have been rising in northern Minnesota and Wisconsin.
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Two deputies in Ashland County, northwestern Wisconsin, turned conservation officers as they carried out an unusual rescue this week.

Ashland County Sheriff's deputies Dylan Wegner and Zach Pierce were fortunately placed to rescue two bear cubs from their flooded den.

The boy and girl cubs had been separated from their mother as a result of the flooding, and are now in the care of Wild Instincts in Rhinelander, Wisconsin.

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The female cub had to spend some time in an incubator after the rescue, but has rallied and is now doing well, Wild Instincts said.

They are expected to be released into the wild this fall, with Wild Instincts noting that it's common for bears to abandon their dens, for reasons including flooding.

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