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K9 deputies rescue a bear cub in northern Minnesota

The little fella was eventually taken to a wildlife rehab.

The occasional wildlife encounter is just part of the job when you're a northern Minnesota sheriff's deputy — case in point, the adorable little black bear cub that popped up in Itasca County this weekend. 

On Saturday, two K9 deputies located the cub "in distress" and with no mother bear in sight, so they decided to scoop him up, according to a Facebook post from the local sheriff.

The post says the deputies managed to "corral this guy" and get him to "local DNR," who in turn transported the animal to a wildlife rehab facility. 

It's not clear why the cub might have become separated from its mother, but the DNR has a lot to say about orphaned wildlife — and what to do if you stumble across it.

The bottom line, according to the agency's wildlife rehab page, is this: "if you care, leave it there."

The reason? In many cases, the juvenile animal isn't really orphaned.

"Often letting some time pass will reveal that the parents have returned after a short foray to gather food or other important materials," the DNR says.

But if it indeed is an orphan, the agency asks that you call 651-486-9453 before making any moves. 

You can find more guidance on how to deal with orphaned wildlife here or here. The DNR also has a page dedicated to bear encounters, which you can find right here. 


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