Cubs from Winhall 'safe' after capture

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WINHALL — After a bear was euthanized last week due to injuries, fish and wildlife authorities found the last of her three missing cubs over the weekend.

"[W]e were able to capture all three of her cubs and they are safe at the Kilham Bear Center," said Kyle Isherwood, game warden, referring to the rehabilitation facility in Lyme, N.H, in an email Saturday night.

Isherwood told the Reformer he was the one who "unfortunately had to euthanize" the bear. The bear was struck by a vehicle early last week in Winhall, and authorities were called when the animal was seen crawling across a lawn.

Less than 24 hours before that incident, a bear was killed after being hit by a vehicle on Route 100 in Dover. Attempts to capture three cubs in the Dover area have been unsuccessful as of Sunday morning.

Four traps were set for six days and and checked twice a day, said Rich Watkin, game warden. He plans to check and pull the traps Sunday before he goes on a week-long vacation.

"Will reassess upon my return to work," he said in an email response to the Reformer.

Forrest Hammond, bear biologist with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, previously said the bears were seeking food. Large traps meant to reduce injuries to animals were put out in both areas in hopes of capturing the cubs and bringing them to Kilham Bear Center, which rehabilitates bears and releases them back into the wild.

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