Mother bear and two cubs rescued from storm drain

BURLINGTON, Connecticut. (WFSB) – A mother bear and her two cubs tried to escape the heat in Simsbury by descending into a storm sewer.

The bear family couldn’t find a way out and the neighbors heard the bears crying.

“When we shone our flashlight in there, a tagged bear was looking at us, which is the last thing you expect to see,” said Scott Conrad of Simsbury.

Residents called DEEP and a brigade was sent to the scene.

Jason Hawley is a biologist. He attracted the attention of a she-bear using the call of an animal, characteristic of a cub at the age of 5 or 6 months.

“When their mother is too far away from them, or if they are in trouble, they make a sound that goes something like this: ‘rrrrrrrrrrrr’, and this is very characteristic of bears, even though she had cubs. with her, her maternal instincts were strong enough that she still had to come in and figure it out,” Hawley said.

Once they got her attention, they tried to get her to climb up.

“At first we tried to put a ladder in there,” Hawley said.

Mom didn’t like the stairs, so they tried a wooden plank.

“They tried to climb them, but it was a bit unnatural,” Hawley said.

Finally, they used a magazine, and it was right.

“Bears climb trees all the time, uh, so we put the log in the storm drain,” Hawley said. “It took a while, it was like 3 hours, we sat there and waited, and in the end, once we got everyone back and she felt comfortable with her cubs, she was the first to stick her head out, look around, make sure that the shore was clear, came out first, and then helped her cubs get out of the storm sewer.