Separated bear and cub spotted together again

JACKSON, WY — Grizzly 863 and her cub were spotted together this morning after a month of separation.

Jacob Paul Krank spotted the duo together this morning and posted a photo on Instagram. “After being separated 4 weeks to the day, Felicia and her little trooper have found each other!! These images were posted this morning,” the post reads. Crank confirmed the sighting to Buckrail in a message.

Affectionately known as Felicia, 863 and her cub have been on quite the journey this past month. The duo became a popular attraction where they were frequently sighted near or even on U.S. Highway 26. Someone reported seeing 863 get hit by a car in June, but it was never confirmed. Still, she wandered miles away from the highway and away from her cub.

The cub stayed put. Wyoming Game & Fish Regional Wildlife Supervisor Brad Hovinga says there were reports of people feeding the cub along the highway, which can be deadly. Game & Fish have continued to monitor her and the cub, but there wasn’t much they could do to intervene.

Hovinga says he hasn’t confirmed the reunion, but he’s “happy to at least hear they were observed together.” There’s been a lot of outcry from a concerned public wanting to assist the cub somehow, but “sometimes these things just play out best.”

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