Orphaned bear cubs recover at South Lake Tahoe care facility


A pair of orphaned bear cubs found earlier this month are growing healthy thanks to a South Lake Tahoe-based care facility.

The 4-week-old cubs were found in Yreka and taken to Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care on March 12.

The brothers were named Blaze and Yreka, weighing 4.1 pounds and 4.3 pounds, respectively.

The cubs get fed every four hours. In the 17 days at LTWC, they’ve nearly doubled their weight at 7.8 pounds and 8.3 pounds.

Tom and Cheryl Millham have rescued 100 bear cubs since they contracted with California Fish and Wildlife in 2000.

Blaze and Yreka are the youngest.

“They go through the baby infant stage, and now they’re going into the terrible twos where they want to climb on the play pen,” Cheryl Millham said. “One will walk up and bat the other one.”

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