WDNR Warden Supervisor Dave Walz had just finished his shift early June 20th when he got a call around 1:15 a.m. from the Vilas County Sheriff’s Office about a bear cub that went tumbling into a newly constructed and open basement. The cub was bawling to his momma, who was peering down at her baby from the edge where she and other cubs were waiting. There was no way to get out. So, Lt. Dave drove to the Eagle River-area residence to work with the homeowner to liberate the trapped baby. “I could hear him bawling when I started driving down the driveway,” Warden Dave said. “Poor little guy.” Lt. Dave positioned his truck with the headlights pointing toward the open basement to encourage momma bear and cubs to retreat. He and the homeowner carefully slid a ladder down one corner of the basement and the cub skedaddled on up and made a beeline for momma. “It worked out just awesome!” Warden Dave said. Watch the rescue!