2 orphaned bear cubs rescued near Castle Pines, third cub missing

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. - Two orphaned bear cubs were discovered and rescued by Colorado Parks and Wildlife in the area of Castle Pines North late Friday morning.

A tweet posted by the department shows the young cubs inside of cages after officers trapped them.

Information in the tweet notes that there were three young cubs and the public is asked to report any information that may be available regarding the missing bear.

The death of mother bear is under investigation. Investigators performed a necropsy on the bear Friday.

Parks and Wildlife's Jason Clay told FOX31 there could be a number of reasons the bear died.

"Was it criminal? Was it someone in self-defense or defending livestock? You can do that," Clay said. "Was it natural causes? Did she eat something that killed her or have any disease?"

Meanwhile, the man who discovered the sow and cubs told FOX31 he an idea what happened because of what he heard earlier this week.

"Around 1 in morning, I heard three gunshots," Joe Oltmann said. "I was pissed. I put two and two together."

Oltmann is so upset, he's set to offer a $2,500 reward in case CPW announces the investigation becomes criminal.

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