Maine ranger finds tiny bear cub while returning to its mother’s den

Maine Forest Ranger Erik Ahlquist holds a black bear cub. —Maine Forest Service

During a timber inspection last fall, Maine Forest Service Ranger Erik Ahlquist discovered a black bear den in Carthage. Last week, he went back to the site with biologists from the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and found a young cub.

The Maine Forest Service posted photos of Ahlquist holding the tiny cub and posing with the mother on its Facebook page Saturday.

The service shared a couple more pictures of the baby bear in the post’s comments.

In a comment on the post, the service wrote that the biologists worked to improve the bedding in the den, and that they rubbed a scent on the cub so it doesn’t smell like a human. They also weighed and measured both bears.

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According to the department’s website, black bears are commonly found in northern and eastern Maine. In January or February, female bears give birth to a small litter of cubs in their winter dens. Each of the cubs weighs about 12 ounces at birth and stick with their mother for around a year and a half. The department closely monitors and manages Maine’s black bear population.