Smarter than your average bear cub |

Smarter than your average bear cub

Amy Edgett/Sierra SunAfter visiting the Truckee High School campus Tuesday, this bear cub climbed a tree off of Northwoods Boulevard.

An orphan bear cub caused a stir at Truckee High School Tuesday.

Truckee Police Officer Mark Victors responded to a dispatch call around 10:30 a.m. After surveying the scene, he set out to “divert” the young bruin from the campus.

“When I showed up, the bear cub was heading north and I hit the air horn,” said Victors. “Noise, dogs, pain, anything so the bears learn by association not to be around people. I wanted him to get away from Truckee High and the kids.”

It worked. The cub clambered up a tree off Northwoods Boulevard to take a snooze.

According to Steve Brown, Town of Truckee animal control officer, the cub was orphaned two weeks ago when its mother was killed on Highway 89 south.

“Its sibling was captured and taken away,” Brown said. “This guy will probably spend the night in the tree and come down tomorrow when it’s quiet.”

Both officers commended the school for calling authorities and keeping students indoors. They recommended call local law enforcement if a bear is sighted.

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