Home for the holidays Bear cub on the mend after mishap

Grandsons Thomas and Jackson Copley Subbarao help FWC Wildlife Technician Ron Copley to split Thomas

Grandsons Thomas and Jackson Copley Subbarao help FWC Wildlife Technician Ron Copley to split Thomas the bear’s leg.

Terri Copley
Published: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 12:22 PM.

 

A bear cub injured by an automobile is back with his family and doing fine.

Last week, an article in the Apalachicola and Carrabelle Times entitled “Bears, bears everywhere” featured a photo of a mother bear and cub. The cub was one of three being successfully raised by a bear sow in Carrabelle, a tribute to this year’s bumper crop of acorns.

The night before the Times article was released, disaster struck when the cub was hit by a car at around 6 p.m. on Wednesday evening, Dec. 12.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Wildlife Technician Ron Copley went in search of the injured cub and found him about 50 yards into the woods, not far from the scene of the accident.

Copley tranquilized the cub using a dart gun and examined it. The 100 pound cub had a bloody nose and a broken leg but seemed otherwise unhurt.

Copley took the cub home and with the help of his twin grandsons, 13-year-olds Thomas and Jackson Copley Subbarao of Eastpoint, he splinted the cub’s leg and put it into a pen for observation. The boys were a little nervous at first but soon warmed up to the task of helping the cub.



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