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Abandoned bear cub rescued in New London

NEW LONDON - A bear cub was rescued by police Monday after it was abandoned by its mother and spotted running in and out of traffic on Seamans Road.

Officers stopped traffic several times to allow the cub to follow its mother's scent back into the woods. After several hours, a decision was made to catch the cub and bring it to a rehabilitation center. Police said the cub was malnourished and had ticks and bites which indicated it had been abandoned by its mother.

The Union-Leader reported the cub was taken to the home of Ben Kilham, a wildlife biologist with a licensed rehabilitation center for bears in Lyme.

Kilham told the newspaper the cub was severely underweight, weighing only 5 pounds. Six-month-old cubs can weigh as much as 15-20 pounds, he said. When the cub arrived at Kilham’s home, he put it in a cage with other small bears. It quickly decided it liked the new surroundings, Kilham said.

The cub will stay with Kilham for 18 months and will be released into the woods, Kilham said.

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