When the mother was released from her crawl space, she called back to her cubs and they followed her out.

According to the BEAR League, three of the cubs were descended from the mother’s biological offspring, but one was an orphaned cub she “adopted” last year. Bears adopting cubs is “considered to be quite unusual,” Bryant stated, although it does happen. In this instance, the cub’s biological mother had been run over by a vehicle.

After the ursine family departed the crawl space, an “electrical barrier” was put in place to give any bears attempting to enter a mild jolt. However, Bryant emphasized that preventing intruders is the greatest anti-bear-lodging strategy.

“Each winter, around 100 to 150 of our bears try to hibernate under homes in Tahoe,” she added. “The BEAR League is continuously occupied moving bears out of these crawl spaces, which are frequently many every day.