The bear was first spotted around Thanksgiving eating foxes and, after a few days, observers confirmed that it was orphaned.
The cub, found on Kodiak Island, is the world’s first documented brown bear victim of a persistent virus that is expected to keep circulating.
It’s one of only four mammals in Alaska known to have contracted the virus.
Curtis Worland had worked in Nome as a court services officer since 2009.
The study is the latest piece in a puzzle scientists are trying to solve about why the endangered population of Cook Inlet belugas is not rebounding.
The Delta Junction bison hunt usually extends from October to March, but the state limited this year’s season to just two weeks.
Although very unusual, there have been some deadly winter bear encounters over the decades.
The U.S. is enduring its worst poultry health disaster, with some 52.7 million birds dead. Unlike another recent outbreaks, this one has lasted through the summer — and it’s still going strong.
The only other bear diagnosed with the strain was an adult female black bear in Quebec.
Some 927 whale sightings were reported by Alaska cruise lines this year.