Corey Hancock, a hiker from Oregon, was going on a regular walk near the Santiam river when he suddenly spotted a small bear. Corey wanted to take a few pictures of his hiking trail, but it was raining quite hard and he decided to go back. On the way back, he saw the small black bear a couple of feet next to the trail. It was immediately obvious to him that the little bear was dying.
The bear barely reacted and was extremely slim. Corey was convinced that his mother has abandoned him or was shot by hunters. “He was laying on his back”, Hancock said. “He barely moved, he was dying.”
At first, Corey didn’t know exactly how to respond. He decided to stick around for a bit and hide, to see if the mother would still show up. After waiting about ten minutes with no sign of the bear’s mother, the little bear was almost lifeless. Corey quickly wrapped the animal in his shirt and carried it to his car for over a mile.
The little bear seemed to be on its last legs, so Hancock provided CPR on the animal to keep it alive. He only needed one breath to resuscitate him. Corey asked his Facebook friends if anyone knew what was going on with the bear and asked for advice. Someone suggested that he’d bring the bear to the Turtle Ridge Wildlife Rehab, a center for wild animals. The center was normally closed, but made an exception and opened for Corey and the whelp.
The baby bear was immediately cared for and received a warm blanket and an injection. He started to warm up and breath better again, and the caregivers of the Center stayed up the whole night to take care of the whelp. Hancock visited the bear a few days after, and he was happy to see an active, lively and healthy animal.
The bear was named Elkhorn in Turtle Ridge and was definitely improving. It’s safe to say that Elkhorn wouldn’t have survived if it weren’t for Corey and the caregivers.
Interfering in wildlife is illegal, and solitary confinement and major fines as possible consequences. Luckily, Corey only received a warning.
When Corey was asked if he would do it again, he confirmed without a doubt. “I feel a special bond with that bear”, he said.
Here’s what social networks say about this:
Kelsey Gasner Interfering? Shooting babies is also interfering. Shooting any animal is disrupting it’s right to live. How fucking dumb do you have to be? Most of us have big enough brains to determine that our greatest purpose is to help those in need and that goes for any species. Humans should help not hurt.
Jacqueline Carrillo With so many stories of animal abuse and neglect, this man goes above and beyond to give this adorable bear a fighting chance and he gets a warning for interfering with wildlife? Ridiculous! Thank God he had the compassion to do the right thing in my opinion! Well done!
Beth Finch I can’t believe that he was supposed to just leave the bear cub to die that’s mad a lot of our animals are disappearing at alarming rate and that they can shoot the mother bear but that is not interfering with nature of course not NO can’t understand what is happening in the world
Sherrie Snyder What the neck, that is not interfering it is being human and saving an precious animal from dying ,so yes I believe he did the right thing. Thank you for being a caring human being
Deanna DiPietrantonio He finds bear waits tens Minutes to see if Mom comes back. Carries to car a mile away give one cpr breath takes it to wildlife place they nurse it back to health he gets a warning no fines.
Crystal Brubaker He’s my hero!!! I would’ve done the exact same thing… I hate seeing animals suffer, especially when they don’t have to.