Two Bear Cubs Rescued By A Wildlife Park In Arizona After Their Mother Was Euthanized

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Two bear cubs were left without their mother earlier this week after she was found in a residential neighborhood in Arizona where a woman had been feeding her.

The 4-month-old cubs are now residing at Bearizona, a wildlife park located near the Grand Canyon.

The young animals were discovered hiding at the top of a 75-foot tree one day after their mother was taken by the Arizona Game and Fish Department and euthanized.

This was the second time the Arizona Game and Fish Department had attempted to relocate this bear from a residential area back into the wilderness, which, the department claims in an official statement, meant she ultimately had to be put down.

That is completely ridiculous!

The departed stated that “Euthanizing an animal is the last thing they want to do, but in this case the fact the bear had been ear-tagged, relocated and once again ended up in an area of human development (abnormal behavior for a bear) indicated it was habituated and a potential threat to people,” stated the department which warned that because of drought conditions in Arizona there may be increased instances of wildlife coming into communities, campgrounds, and other areas of human development until summer rains arrive.

We do not agree with The Arizona Game And Fish Department’s decision to euthanize the mother bear, there are many other ways of dealing with this situation. The department could have tranquilized her and relocated her and her cubs to a protected area farther away, or taken her to a local wildlife sanctuary.

The department reminded people that leaving food and trash around may be luring a bear to its death. The cause of most human-bear conflict involves unnatural food sources. Once a bear starts associating humans with food sources, such as unsecured trash, pet food, and bird feeders, the chances for conflict and risk to public safety dramatically increase.

If you encounter a bear, the department advises, to back away slowly to a safe place. If a bear continues to approach, try to scare it away by making yourself look as large as possible, making loud noises, and throwing objects at it. Do not run. In the rare event of a bear attack, fight back.

Never feed bears!

In this sad case, it not only resulted in the loss of life for one animal, tragically, it affected the lives of her cubs also.

Fortunately, the baby bears were ultimately rescued by a professional tree climber, who lowered them back down to safety in a backpack.

“We have a no-breeding program for bears at Bearizona, so we can help save bears and offer them a new home,” Bearizona Owner Sean Casey said in a statement. “Although the circumstances behind this rescue are unfortunate, we are ultimately grateful to be able to provide a safe and loving home for these two little cubs.”

Bearizona is a wildlife park that rescues wild animals in need of a forever home, and promotes conservation by inviting visitors to view wildlife in an environment as close to their natural habitat as possible.

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