SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — Two bear cubs were found along a Northern California highway last week and state wildlife officials believe someone illegally separated the young bears from their mother.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) said the cubs were found along State Route 96 in Yreka on March 9. Game wardens said they couldn't find the mother of the cubs, so they took them to be evaluated by wildlife veterinarians who determined they were healthy. The bears are now being cared for at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care. 

Investigators from the department are seeking tips from the public as they process evidence left at the scene. They said there are only a few hundred wildlife officers spread throughout California and they need help from the public to combat poaching.

Tips can be shared anonymously with law enforcement here