A bear family was trying to cross the road but the mama kept going back and forth on the road, so a cop arrived to help her. The officer with the Town of Carroll Police Department in New Hampshire noticed the mama kept pacing across the road and when he looked, he realized she was trying to get one of her cubs, who couldn’t keep up with them because it was sick.
The mama wanted all four cubs to remain with her, but the one cub simply was too weak to move. Eventually, the mama made the heartbreaking decision to leave the cub and continue on with her other cubs. That’s when the officer intervened to help.
Town of Carroll Police Department wrote: “After doing some bear traffic control we had to take one bear cub in for Fish and Game to be rehabilitated as it was too weak to keep up with it’s mom and siblings.”
“This is the mother that had five cubs out in Bretton Woods, another cub [the runt of the litter] had to be picked up yesterday as well,” the department explained.
“This leaves her with three other very healthy cubs that she can now focus on and take care of,” the wrote. “The other two will be rehabilitated and returned to the wild when they are stronger….and remember, never pick up or handle wild animals, this was done under the care of Fish and Game. If anyone runs into an issue with wildlife please, please, please contact your local PD or Fish and Game to assist!”
Jane Langmaid filmed the officer doing his job. She explained it happened in Bretton Woods, which is part of White Mountain National Forest (more than 750,000+ acres of protected wilderness).
She took the video by zooming in from her car and wrote, “I had the pleasure of watching the officer and cubs in action… and making this video which demonstrates the problem as well as the great love of the bear family and care by the officer… very amazing and great job!”
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I had the pleasure of watching the officer and cubs in action… and making this video which demonstrates the problem as well as the great love of the bear family and care by the officer… very amazing and great job!MORE DETAILED INFO IF DESIRED: It never occurred to me that my short video would travel around the world and get enjoyed by so many but misrepresented by a few. Therefore I had to edit this now after 48 hours to add a few more facts. 1) I took the video by zooming in from my car 2) Location is Base Road, Bretton Woods, Town of Carroll, New Hampshire, White Mountain National Forest (more than 750,000+ acres of protected wilderness) 3) We do NOT feed the bears, chase them or disturb them…this is their home 4) the mother bear is not confused or unsure of where to go— the mother originally had 5 cubs… when I made this video, one runt was already in Lyme NH Bear rehab so there are 4 cubs here… the mother is trying to move from the right side to the left side…she wants all 4 cubs to remain with her…the problem is that 1 of the 4 is also very weak/a runt…. Before I started the video I had already watched her try to lead the 4 across the road… after I started the video she tried a few more times…. 5) Where are they going? Only the bear knows…. I do know she is in the direction of the Ammonoosuc River (a 50 mile long river in Northern NH} …but only the bear knows her own destination in the great forest 6) What happened? You’ll see at the end that the 4th cub/ the runt…finally does make it across but you can see the runt as a brown dot under (actually behind) the police car.. 6) I later learned that the family of 4 (mom + 3 lively cubs) did have to leave this runt… therefore the police did connect runt #4 with the Lyme NH Rehab as well, where sibling #5 already was… I have learned that 18 months is a normal rehab time…at which point the mother would have let them live alone….the goal with high success is to introduce them back into the wild…Mr. Ben Kilham is the expert in this area ( for Lyme NH Rehab) http://benkilham.com/Benkilham.com/HOME_PAGE.html 7) Some odd folks have gotten mad saying we are feeding the bears to get a chance to see them or trying to speed over the bears- and are even “impatient jerk drivers” ridiculous…. some people’s cup is not even close to ½ full… I pray blessings upon them…. Here, there are only 3 cars (not including the police) and we are patiently waiting and happy to wait – I would have waited much longer or gone a different way but I was blessed to see this many cubs and the GREAT LOVE of the MOTHER, as well as her patience and persistence to get the bears to stay as a group. I was also praying for the little runt… further, I was impressed by the local police who have much experience and care for wildlife up in these remote rural areas 8) It is very beautiful up here…but also cold in the winter so I think that keeps the human population down. However, most of us who live here are used to seeing wildlife. We must watch for them, slow for them, we do NOT feed them, nor try to disturb them and we want them to live comfortably in their homes here in the forest. They are a precious treasure. Sure there are mistakes everywhere, but on the whole, wildlife and man live nicely together in these parts. 9) The officer has been called in to be sure the wildlife can cross and the humans are aware, and he does a super job! He is not harming nor in the way of the bear family. 10) All bears are not mean or violent- that is so unfair/such a myth….please read about the American Black Bear if you are interested… you can also google and google and not find an attack against a person here in the White Mountain National Forest…. You DO need to use common sense of course and never chase, feed, harm these beautiful creatures… One FB person told me you should try to scare them? (oh my word!) Perhaps with some bear, in some case, in some part of the world? I have had various training in different parts of the country based on the area and bear types… but OMG—There are certainly many strange ideas people hold onto. 11) I am a lover of nature and proud owner of the “America the Beautiful” National Park Pass…. It is not needed in these parts where I live…the National Forest doesn’t have an entry fee…but I believe this particular ticket is the best ticket in the world….. We are SO very blessed by our National Parks, Forests, Monuments and Conservation Areas… We should do all possible to protect and preserve our beautiful world with its flora and fauna… I have just returned from a trip to a number of our great parks out West…Yellowstone and Yosemite are my standing personal favorites but there are so many and they are so beautiful… every one… 12) Most annoying to me- these bears have NOTHING to do with the current president of the USA- they did not vote for him— some people are so obsessed that they can connect almost everything these days with that topic- OMW (oh my word- you have to be kidding)…I wanted to be sick when one person tried to connect my video to the president in a negative way… for real? 13) PURPOSE- one of my great joys in life is to capture and share beauty….. I am so crazy about this beautiful planet, its flora, fauna and its people. Therefore it was my intent to share my joy of seeing this beautiful bear family and especially the GREAT LOVE of the Mother and the way in which the precious babies imitate and follow the mother… note they go back and forth again and again as mother tries to get baby #4 (the runt) to come…. When I originally shared, just with my own FB friends I also asked for prayers for the runt because I know many that believe in God and prayer and know that he cares very much for his creation… I am regularly blown away by the beauty of creation… if you have time…take in a sunrise or sunset soon…or visit one of our wonderful national parks or forests….but please do LOVE and RESPECT our animal friends… I know that many of you are in other countries and I thank God for the beauty in so many countries I have seen and in the beautiful people I have met…. XO THANKS so much for watching my little video… Thank you police for doing such a great job… Thanks to all that respect nature and your fellow man…. Do me a favor and find a way to lift this world up today… that is my heart’s desire… XOXO Jane Langmaid from the White Mountain National Forest… New Hampshire
Posted by Jane Langmaid on Friday, May 12, 2017