UPDATE: Released Bear Cub Heads Back to Civilization

NEENACH, Calif. (Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009 at 3 p.m.)—Following the capture of a third bear cub in Frazier Park Wednesday night, a couple in Neenach reported that a small bear cub wandered onto their property, near Tejon Ranch. Two bear cubs, believed to be siblings of the third cub, had been captured earlier in Frazier Park and released on Tejon Ranch Tuesday evening.

Laura Copeland said she and Gary Futrell heard their seven dogs barking in front of their motorhome at about 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26. "I went looking and didn’t see anything. I looked up in the tree and he was just sitting there looking down at me," Copeland said in an interview Thursday.

"We finally got the dogs inside and he climbed down. He looked around for the dogs and then ran toward the road. He kept running south toward Highway 138. He was scared to death, poor thing," she said.

Futrell said the cub had a tag in its ear. "We read the newspaper article and were familiar with what happened in Frazier Park," he said.

Neenach is a high desert community on Highway 138. Copeland and Futrell live at the southern base of the Tehachapi Mountains. Futrell said he is sure the cub must be one of the ones that Department of Fish and Game released Tuesday night on Tejon Ranch. See previous story.

The Mountain Enterprise has notified the Department of Fish and Game about the sighting. Anyone who sees a bear cub is asked to call the Department of Fish and Game at 661-633-9801 and leave a message with your name, phone number, location and date/time of the sighting.

This is part of the August 28, 2009 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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