ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – State wildlife officers have captured two black bear cubs that were orphaned after their mother was shot and killed for attacking a marathon runner in northern New Mexico.
The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish announced Sunday that officers used a catchpole to get the 10-pound cubs down from a tree Saturday. The bears, one male and one female, will undergo rehabilitation in Espanola before being released into the wild.
The mother bear was euthanized on June 19, one day after she mauled a woman running a marathon in the Valles Caldera National Preserve. The woman survived the attack, but was left with multiple punctures and cuts.
The department initially reported that the mother bear had three surviving cubs, but officials said Sunday they learned there were only two.