Three bear cubs arrive at Southwest Wildlife, after their mother was killed by a car

By Tara Alatorre

SCOTTSDALE – Three bear cubs arrived at Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center on Monday, April 29, after they were rescued in Dudleyville by troopers with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, officers from the Hayden Police Department, an officer from Arizona Game and Fish Department and a citizen.

Pictured: The bear cubs arriving to the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center in North Scottsdale, where they will be rehabilitated. Photo courtesy of SWCC
Pictured: The bear cubs arriving to the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center in North Scottsdale, where they will be rehabilitated. Photo courtesy of SWCC

Sadly, the cubs’ mother was struck and killed by a car on State Route 77 when Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) troopers from District Six arrived on the scene. However, the troopers were able to locate the three cubs that appeared unharmed.

With the help of a citizen and Hayden Police Officers, AZDPS troopers captured two of the cubs who were put in the back of an AZDPS patrol vehicle. Arizona Game and Fish Department was able to capture the third cub shortly after, according to AZDPS.

The three, small cubs were all turned over to AZGFD, which then transported them to the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center in North Scottsdale.

Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center (SWCC), which is a non-profit organization that rescues and rehabilitates injured, displaced and orphaned wildlife, received the three-month-old cubs on Monday saying they were in good condition.

AZDPS Troopers along with Hayden Police Officers, the Arizona Game and Fish Department and a citizen rescued three bear cubs after their mother was killed by a car on April 29 on State Route 77. Photo courtesy of AZDPS
AZDPS Troopers along with Hayden Police Officers, the Arizona Game and Fish Department and a citizen rescued three bear cubs after their mother was killed by a car on April 29 on State Route 77. Photo courtesy of AZDPS

“Although one cub has a bump on the nose,” SWCC Facebook post stated.  “We’re working with AZGFD and its likely we’ll be able to release them.”

On Tuesday, April 30, SWCC posted on their social media that the cubs were eating from their own dishes, indicating that they would not need to be handled daily for feeding. The cubs had also been released from their crate into a small holding area at SWCC.

“That’s an important milestone in their journey toward possible release,” stated SWCC.  “Today they’ll receive their first medical examination.”

Currently SWCC is raising money for the costs of caring for the three cubs, and at the time this was written the organization had raised $290.

 To see video of the bear cubs go to SWCC’s Facebook page or click here

For more information or to donate visit southwestwildlife.org or find them on Facebook.