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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.

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