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Md. announces rare birth of 5 cubs to 1 black bear

Harry Spiker, a biologist with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources speaks about finding a rare litter of five black bear cubs during the annual bear den survey in western Maryland. (MD DNR video)

CUMBERLAND, Md. — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says it has documented the state's first known birth of five black bears in a single litter.

The Cumberland Times-News reports that workers checking bear dens found the cubs with their mother Tuesday in the Green Ridge State Forest in Allegany County.

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Bear Project Leader Harry Spiker says Maryland black bears average three cubs per litter.

The agency posted a YouTube video of the cubs online.

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