Bear Cub Found Near Platinum, Euthanized

A bear cub that was recently found near the western Alaska village of Platinum was euthanized because no permanent home was available.

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by Associated Press

BETHEL - A bear cub that was recently found near the western Alaska village of Platinum was euthanized because no permanent home was available.


The young male cub weighed nine pounds when it was found by Jay Bitney, who was in the area for work crushing gravel.


The cub reportedly was being chased by dogs, so Bitney picked him up to keep him safe. The whereabouts of the cub's mother are unknown.


Bitney contacted Alaska State Troopers June 3 and a wildlife enforcement officer went to the village.


State area management biologist Phillip Perry says the cub was euthanized the same day.


Perry says he checked with state officials who find zoos and other animal facilities and learned that none are requesting a male brown bear cub.