A 189-pound female bear and her three small cubs who have been living on garbage and other human-provided food in the center of Ilwaco were rescued by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife personnel early Wednesday morning, June 16.

The mother, with its head firmly stuck inside a hard plastic pet-food container lid, was caught overnight in a live trap along with one cub. The other two scurried up into a nearby hemlock and eventually were found and brought down by WDFW bear specialist Lindsay Welfelt.

The whole family is being transported to a remote area of the Olympic Peninsula in the hope that they can readjust to being wild bears fending for themselves in nature. All the bears were tranquilized for medical checks and tagging, and then revived for transport. All are in perfect health — though the mama was about 30 pounds overweight from too much human food.

Check chinookobserver.com later for complete details. (Note that WDFW personnel were fully vaccinated and followed covid-safety precautions during this approximately three-hour response.)

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