Aug 25, 2014 2:04 PM by Faye DeHoff
PAYSON - An injured bear cub is being cared for at a wildlife rehabilitation center in Scottsdale.
Christopher Morris, a Payson resident, was on his way home from a morning of fishing when he noticed something small, black and furry on the side of the highway. At first it looked like a dog that had been hit by a car. It wasn't moving, so he thought it hadn't survived the trauma. When he saw the little rounded ears, he realized it was a bear cub. He turned around to move it off the road, and saw that it was still alive.
With no mother bear in sight, Morris put the cub in his car and called around the Payson area to get help, but couldn't find anyone. He finally ended up calling Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center (SWCC) in Scottsdale, and drove the cub all the way down from Payson in a wire crate.
SWCC vets did an exam and some X-rays, and noticed a fracture in his front left leg. Other than that, the cub seems to have escaped without any other injury. He weighs about 20 pounds and is approximately four months old.
Usually, bear cubs stay with their mothers until they are about two years old. It is uncertain now whether the cub can be released back into the wild in the future.