It’s the night of the biggest party of the season at the Black Bears Casino.
It’s a night where guests are getting hammered.
And it’s not just for the guests.
There’s a bear cub inside the casino, just waiting for its chance to get the best of them.
It has a very special place in the hearts of everyone in the casino.
“We’re really excited,” said Amanda Barenstein, a black bear biologist at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife who is on hand for the party.
“It’s a little bit of a surprise to us.”
It’s just after midnight.
Barensteins staff and other people are in the front room.
Everyone’s looking out to see the bear.
They’ve got it in the cage.
She says they have to be sure it’s okay.
“It’s the most important thing to be concerned about,” Barensten said.
“And we can’t just go and see the cub, we have to get it back.”
There are two black bears in the room, the oldest and the youngest.
The older one is up to her neck in a cage.
There are about 30 cubs, and Barenstes staff says they’ve been watching them.
“I think it’s a really big deal,” she said.
The cubs are just starting to emerge.
They’re very hungry and they want to eat anything that’s out there, Barens says.
They can’t wait for the next party.
“They are going to be eating, I mean, they’re going to start eating,” Berenstein said.
Barenstein is not sure what the cubs food is, but she thinks it’s probably some kind of sweet stuff.
Berensteins team will find out after the party when the cub is ready to go.
“We are just going to keep looking for the cub,” she explained.
There’s also a baby bear.
Banners are posted to keep the bears company.
The baby bears mother is not allowed in the house.
The Black Bears is a small casino, about 300 kilometres south of Bakersfield, Calif.
The casino is popular among hunters, bikers, people with disabilities and other special interests.
It also attracts bears and coyotes.
The casino is operated by the BlackBear Casino Management Co., which operates the Blackbear Casino Resort, which is open year-round.
It operates from the same site as the Black bear casino.
Bares staff say they don’t want bears to come into the casino until after the cub’s mother is done.
“Our plan is to have a bear and a cub go in and out of the casino,” Bares chief executive officer and managing director Dan Karp told CBC News in an interview.
“They don’t come back.
They stay there and they are not allowed to come back in.”
The Black Bear has been open since the early 1990s.
It opened in 2014, when the casino was still the Black bears Casino, but Barensheis staff say there are no bears in there now.
It was closed in January.
The bear is also not allowed at the casino for its own safety.
Barels staff say if it does come in, it will be caught by the casino’s security team and taken to a nearby facility.
Barels is a federally protected habitat, meaning bears are allowed to be in the forest.
The bear has been protected for more than two decades.
Bares staff says the cub was found on the edge of the property.
Baringis says the bear was found near a small stream.
“The cub was caught in a small area of the water,” Karp said.
It is unclear if the cub died or if the bear simply became disoriented.
“There’s no way for the bear to survive in a confined space and there’s no guarantee that the cub will survive and the cub won’t become a problem,” Karsp said.
There is no word on how long the cub has been in captivity.
Baringis said they are keeping the cub in the same cage as the other cubs to avoid the cub getting too attached.
She said it is very important to have the cub inside when they are hungry.
“If we don’t have a cub in there, we won’t have one,” she added.
There are several different kinds of bears, but most are small and dark-skinned.
Baredis says bears can be up to 6 feet tall and weigh up to 1,000 pounds.