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People Caught And ‘Laughing’ On Camera Yanking Baby Bear Cubs From Trees

Written by: Russel Moneva
Russel Moneva, a Viral Content writer at iHeartDogs, finds joy in both crafting engaging content and pursuing his passion for basketball and fitness whenever he's not immersed in his work.Read more
| Published on April 24, 2024

In a heart-wrenching turn of events that unfolded amidst the tranquil forests of North Carolina, a distressing act of wildlife harassment came to light, leaving the local community and conservationists reeling in shock and dismay. Captured on camera, the unsettling scene depicted a group of individuals, driven by the lure of capturing a moment with nature, callously extracting two innocent bear cubs from their serene sanctuary nestled atop a towering tree. This brazen display of human intrusion into the realm of wild creatures sent shockwaves through the region, sparking widespread outrage and concern for the well-being of the vulnerable cubs.


The distressing scene commenced as several people, drawn to the sight of the bear cubs nestled in the branches, approached the tree with blatant disregard for the animals’ well-being. Ignoring any semblance of respect for wildlife, the group proceeded to forcibly remove the cubs from their natural habitat, disrupting their tranquil existence in the process.

Amidst the chaos, a heart-wrenching moment transpired when one of the individuals, seeking a fleeting moment of amusement, posed for pictures with one of the cubs, only to drop it abruptly upon hearing its anguished cry pierce through the air. The echoes of distress reverberated through the forest, serving as a stark reminder of the repercussions of human intrusion into the lives of wild animals.

Ashley Hobbs, the dedicated BearWise Coordinator at NCWRC, was horrified to discover one of the traumatized cubs, its condition alarmingly poor, near a retention pond in the vicinity. The distress etched on the cub’s face bore testament to the trauma it had endured at the hands of human interference.

Expressing profound dismay at the situation, Colleen Olfenbuttel, the Game Mammals and Surveys Supervisor at NCWRC, condemned the actions of those responsible, emphasizing the avoidable nature of the cub’s distressing condition. The unfortunate outcome serves as a poignant reminder of the vital importance of respecting and protecting our wildlife.


In a glimmer of hope amidst the darkness, efforts were swiftly undertaken to provide the rescued cub with the care it so desperately needed. Transported to a licensed rehabilitation facility, the cub is now under the compassionate care of wildlife experts who are working tirelessly to nurse it back to health.

However, the fate of the second cub remains shrouded in uncertainty, with diligent search efforts underway to locate and ensure its safety. As the investigation progresses, authorities are urging the public to remain vigilant and report any information that may aid in the search for the missing cub.

In the wake of this distressing incident, the importance of wildlife conservation and responsible coexistence with our natural surroundings has been underscored with utmost urgency. It is imperative that we heed this wake-up call and strive to cultivate a culture of empathy and respect towards the magnificent creatures that share our planet. Only through collective efforts can we safeguard the future of our precious wildlife and ensure that such senseless acts of cruelty are never repeated.

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