HEBER -- Biologists out tracking the bear population in Utah's backcountry have made a surprising discovery: a mother bear with four cubs.
Scott Root of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources told the Deseret News of Salt Lake City that he has been tracking wildlife for 20 years and he had never seen a bear sow with that many cubs before.
Biologists tracked a radio collar on the hibernating sow to a den on a mountainside near Daniel's Summit in Wasatch County.
They sedated the mama as a precaution so they could examine her and her cubs. The bruins were left in the den to resume their winter nap.
Root says the mother will have her work cut out for her, but perhaps all four cubs will survive with a little luck.