Sadly, efforts to rescue an orphaned male grizzly cub - did not save the cub that was captured near Augusta, Montana. The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks department thought that the cub might have a chance if they stepped in. The cub had been seen alone in the area for 6 weeks, and was taken in on June 24th. The cub was around 28 lbs, and was presumably born during the winter. Best guess is he and his mother got separated when coming out from their den. He was living off of dead carcasses in the area. A healthy bear at the same age would weigh between 40-50 lbs.
The cub died the same evening he was rescued after being transported to a Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks center in Helena. The cub would not have been able to survive on his own in the wild, so the department took a chance. The cub, about five months old, died from a combination of its poor condition and the immobilizing drugs used in the field. From KXLH.com .