California’s drought is affecting the local wildlife in some unexpected ways. A year-old bear cub woke up early from his hibernation and ended up smack in the middle of a ski run at Heavenly Mountain, a ski resort located on the California-Nevada border in South Lake Tahoe.
As CBS San Francisco reports, the injured bear, which weighed 49 pounds, was rescued and brought into Lake Tahoe’s wildlife care center after shutting down Heavenly Mountain for the morning.
X-rays taken right after the bear was rescued show no broken bones, jut open wounds and trauma. The cause of his injuries is unknown.
Local wildlife care officials say in a normal winter, this bear likely never would have wandered out on a ski run this early in March. He’d normally still be in hibernation for another month, but bears and other local wildlife are reacting to the drought.