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DEEP to work with rehabilitator on when to release Newtown cubs back into wild

Two black bear cubs orphaned in Newtown last week are settling into their new home at a New Hampshire wildlife rehabilitation facility.  State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Wildlife Division Director Jenny Dickson says they could be returned to the wild in a few months. 

She notes that it's typically when they're 8 months old.  The cubs are 4.5 months old.  Dickson says their release will depend on how well they do in captivity.  DEEP staff will work with the rehabilitator to determine their release date. 

The cubs' mother, known locally as "Bobbi," was easily identifiable by her ear tags.  217 was shot and killed last Thursday and the incident remains under investigation.  DEEP initially was going to let the cubs remain in the wild, but there were growing concerns for their safety due to the risk of continued public interaction.

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