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Rhinelander wildlife rehab facility raising 3 bear cubs

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Three bear cubs are being raised by Wild Instincts in Rhinelander after their mother died.

A wildlife rehabilitation facility is raising three newborn bear cubs after their mother died during a research project.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports that researchers tranquilized the mother bear and an older cub in their den in February so they could replace batteries on a radio collar.

The mother bear apparently died after the cub rolled onto her head.

The researchers contacted Wild Instincts, a wildlife rehabilitation facility in Rhinelander, to take the three newborns with two and a half hours.

The facility's wildlife rehabilitation director, Mark Naniot, says the cubs are doing well.

He called the mother bear's death “an accident.”

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