Reid Park Zoo gets two new grizzly bears - Tucson Local Media: News

Reid Park Zoo gets two new grizzly bears

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Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2013 1:54 pm

Two beautiful rescued grizzly bears arrived at Reid Park Zoo yesterday. The orphaned 18-month-old brother and sister pair had been getting into trouble in a residential area in Montana by raiding chicken coops, stealing improperly stored garbage, and breaking into buildings to eat livestock feed. The bears had already been relocated once, so this was the best way to keep both bears and residents safe. Reid Park Zoo is excited to be able to help by giving the bears a great new home.

The bears were removed from the Flathead Indian Reservation. The Rescue took place through a cooperative effort between Reid Park Zoo, The US Fish and Wildlife Service, Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, & Parks, and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

The Zoo hopes that these bears will help convey important conservation information about bears, whether in Montana or right here in Arizona.

Even though many of our guests will never see an elephant or giraffe in the wild, it’s likely they’ll visit areas where wild bears live. Learning how to prevent human-bear conflict is an essential part of protecting every bear species.

The bears will stay behind the scenes for at least 30 days but we’ll post updates here, and we will let you know when they make their exhibit debut.

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