CONCERN GROWS FOR YOUNG BLACK BEAR
A wildlife biologist says a young injured black bear that has been wandering alone west of Calgary for weeks has not built up enough body fat or grown a thick enough fur undercoat to survive the winter without help. The small bruin was spotted hobbling in a field in September with an injury to one of its back legs. That prompted calls for Alberta to allow a wildlife rehabilitation charity to intervene. The province has said the animal should be left alone and has suggested it could heal while it hibernates. More than 6,700 people have signed an online petition urging the government to allow the bear to be treated. Biologist Lisa Dahlseide says the bear was seen as recently as Sunday, when it attracted a crowd of onlookers.