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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

October 22, 2014 at 4:23 PM

After Oregon shopping trip, little bear to undergo rehab in Lynnwood

This Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014 still image from a video provided by Robin A. Bishop shows a bear cub walking through a Rite Aid store in Ashland, Ore. as police prepare to catch it. Witnesses say the cub first showed up Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014 at a nearby hotel, hopped out a window and crossed the street to the Rite Aid in Ashland, a city just north of the California border. (Robin A. Bishop / AP)

This still image from video shows a bear cub walking through a Rite Aid store in Ashland, Ore. (Robin A. Bishop / AP)

The Associated Press

ASHLAND, Ore. — Some shoppers at an Oregon drug store got a surprise when they saw a bear cub scurrying down the aisles. There was no sign of its mother.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said Wednesday the bear has been taken to the PAWS Wildlife Center in Lynnwood, for rehabilitation.

Director Jennifer Convy says rehabilitation staff care for bears with hands-off methods designed to mimic conditions in the wild, and they maintain an animal’s fear of people.

Witnesses say the cub first showed up Sunday at a nearby hotel, hopped out a window and crossed the street to the Rite Aid in Ashland, a city just north of the California border.

KGW reports that customers took photos and video until police arrived and scooped the little bear into a shopping basket. Video shows an officer approaching the cub, and it dashing the other direction.

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