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LEBANON, N.H. — A trapped black bear cub is believed to be the son of a bear whose life was spared by Gov. Chris Sununu back n 2017.

The cub, trapped Wednesday in Lebanon, is believed to be the third and last member of a recent litter from Mink, who traveled thousands of miles in a looping route through Vermont and New Hampshire to return to her home territory after being relocated to near the Canadian border. Mink died in August.

Since then, a cub was rescued Aug. 31; another was hit and killed by a bus in September. Both were determined to be Mink’s offspring.

Ben Kilham, who runs a bear rehabilitation center with his family in Lyme, had taken in the first rescued cub. He said that one and new cub were “showing signs of recognition.”

Mink had been set to be euthanized, along with three of her earlier offspring, in 2017 after repeated problems with them feeding from trash and bird feeders culminated in two bears entering a home in Hanover. Sununu instead ordered them to be moved to far northern New Hampshire. Mink later returned.

— The AssociatedPress


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