Man rescues bear cub while hiking in Oregon

A friend and fellow Oregonian, Corey Hancock, recently shared some images on Facebook that will melt your heart. Corey was hiking somewhere in Oregon yesterday, March 27, 2017, when he came across probably his most amazing find yet — this adorable baby cub in the woods.

As I have barely got a chance to speak with Corey, we don’t have a lot of details yet, but he did share with us these mind-blowing photos to share! He has saved the cub’s life, and wrote on his Facebook page:

Warms my heart. If I hadn’t been out on the trails in the rain today, this little boy would be dead. I’m so completely thankful for today. I have quite the story to share….

He has since taken the little bear to the Turtle Ridge Wildlife Center in South Salem, Oregon.



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  1. No one has any idea whether or not the cub’s mother was in the area and perhaps scared off by the hikers. The Golden Rule of finding wildlife babies is to leave them alone. Oftentimes, the mother is nearby or out hunting for food or too spooked to come back while humans are around. Fawns, cubs, pups, they all should be left alone. If indeed, they are in a situation where their survival is in doubt, it’s nature out there, not a zoo and nature needs to run it’s course. A cute pic of the human kissing the cub makes for a great sentimental picture but a better shot, one that would be impossible to get, would be of the mother bear taking care of her cub as nature intended. Whether or not the cub was left to survive on it’s own or not will never be known. Having been hiking and exploring the NW wilderness and wooded areas for four decades, my bet is that there’s a mother bear out there wondering where the hell her cub is.

  2. That’s not cute, that’s tragic! Leave wildlife in the wild…this cub is really in for a rough life now. Worse, people seeing photos of “cute” animals being “rescued” will repeat the crime. Never, repeat never, bring wild animals in. Period.

  3. WOW. normally , taking a bear cub could get you killed, if the mother was nearby. He really took his own life in his hands by not walking away from it. Even so much as getting too close, within 100 yards, can enrage a momma bear and set off her protective instincts..