Bear cub euthanized in Virginia

Bear cub wrapped in blanket
Bear cub wrapped in blanket

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The decision to euthanize a bear cub, found along a Virginia highway, is stirring up controversy.

A husband and wife discovered the animal, along route 460 in Giles County.

State biologists say the cub was perfectly healthy, but because there wasn't a facility to care for the animal, it was put down the next day.

Nearby Virginia Tech had such a facility two years ago, but it was closed for renovations and isn't expected to re-open until later this year.

A Tennessee-based bear rescue program says it's worked with Virginia in the past, but was never contacted about this case.

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