Mystery solved surrounding abandoned bear cub ‘Tahoe’

The caller was worried he'd be arrested for picking up the cub, now known as "Tahoe." (CNN)

LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (CNN) – The blanks are finally being filled in surrounding the mystery about how an adorable bear cub ended up abandoned in a dog kennel on the steps of the BEAR League on Lake Tahoe.

Last week, we told you about the cub left without explanation. And though she sounds content now, she had a traumatic start.

An anonymous caller to the BEAR League’s director finally filled in the details.

“He was walking in the woods, and he heard a baby cry,” said Ann Bryant, BEAR Leauge executive director.

He spotted the cub clinging to the body of her mother but couldn’t tell what had killed her.

“And the cub was in total distress,” said Bryant.

The caller said he called authorities on his cell phone, but they told him to leave the baby bear there to let nature take its course.

Instead, he said he picked up the cub and carried it a mile to his car.

The next morning, he drove more than 350 miles from Humboldt Redwoods State Park to Lake Tahoe’s BEAR League.

Bryant is completely convinced the caller is the real rescuer because she grilled him about details only the person who dropped off the cub would know.

The caller was worried he’d be arrested for picking up the cub, now known as “Tahoe.”

At Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, they’ve embedded her bottle in a big stuffed animal.

“So that she doesn’t have to be nursed by a human,” said Bryant.

It’s all in an effort to keep the bear cub from bonding with people — so that a year from now she can be released back into the area where she was found. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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