Increase in cub abandonment bewilders specialist

SEELEY LAKE - Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) Bear Specialist Jamie Jonkel said he is confused by the recent number of local mother bears abandoning their cubs either permanently or temporarily. This year in Seeley Lake, he believes six cubs were abandoned. While the cause is unclear, most of the cubs were reunited and Jonkel sees no real long term effect on the bear population.

According to Jonkel, cub abandonment usually only happens on rare occasions when the area's wildlife is experiencing an overall food shortage throughout the year. Occasionally sows will also abandon their cubs i...


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