Poached bear leaves behind three cubs; DNR seeking tips

Following a call to the DNR’s Report All Poaching hotline, Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in northwest Michigan investigated a bear that was illegally shot in Oceana County during June 2020.

Conservation officers found the bear near the edge of a creek attempting to get out of the water but was unable to move its rear legs due to a gunshot wound. The bear’s three cubs had climbed into a nearby tree. A wildlife biologist examined the bear and determined it needed to be euthanized. The cubs were taken to a local wildlife rehabilitator.

Bear: A healthy Michigan black bear. (This is not the bear that was euthanized.)