Meanwhile, the bureaucrats working at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and who for some reason were offended by this citizen's acts of kindness and concern, have paid no price for their attempts to harm a kindhearted and proactive citizen. Hey bureaucrats, that's called a good deed, and should be rewarded, not prosecuted.
The rescuer in action
Corey Hancock said he was hiking Monday night in the Elkhorn area to snap photos of waterfalls on the North Fork of the Santiam River when he came across the 3-month-old baby bear, which he said appeared to be close to death.
"It was cold, raining, [the cub was] just sitting there in the rain not moving, not breathing," Hancock told KPTV.
Hancock said he waited a few minutes to see if the cub's mother would return, but he soon decided the 5-pound bear was too ill to leave behind.
"I didn't have a choice, I wouldn't have left it out there," he told Inside Edition. "He seemed to be abandoned and dying. He was hardly moving at first when I walked up on him. I thought was dead."
Hancock carried the cub more than two miles to his car.
"I was carrying this little lifeless creature in my arms kind of wondering if he was going to make it," he said. "I tried to give it CPR. I gave it a few rescue puffs and pushed on his chest. He took one breath. He was fighting to survive."
"I kind of held him and right as I was kind of thinking maybe I should go put him back in the woods, he took a breath," Hancock said.
He drove to an area where he could get cellphone reception and posted a photo of the bear on Facebook, asking for advice on where to take it.
Hancock ended up taking the cub to Turtle Animal Center in Salem.