Two more orphaned grizzly bear cubs are on their way to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
These two cubs, a brother and sister, were taken in by the Wyoming Game & Fish Department after their mother was euthanized by the state for causing chronic property damage. The state of Wyoming's Grizzly Bear Management Plan allows for the removal of problem bears from the general population after a consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The Wyoming cubs are similar in age and weight to the two grizzly bear cubs the Zoo acquired from the state of Montana earlier in the summer.
Following a routine quarantine stay, the two new cubs will join Cody and Cooper, the cubs from Montana, in the Zoo's Northern Trek area.
Grizzly bears (Ursus arctos horribilis), a subspecies of brown bear, were once widespread throughout the U.S. and Canada. Their range has shrunk toward the northwest with most now occurring in Alaska and western Canada,
although their numbers are on the rise in some areas of the contiguous U.S., especially in and around Yellowstone National Park.
Grizzlies in the wild have an average lifespan of 20-30 years, and typically
live a few years longer in captivity. They are solitary animals in the wild,
unless a mother is caring for cubs, in which case the cubs will stay with
the mother for up to three years.
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