Zoo in US is to take cubs off bear who killed Yel­low­stone Park hiker

The China Post - - LIFE -

A zoo in the state of Ohio will take two cubs of a griz­zly bear that was eu­th­a­nized af­ter it killed a hiker in Yel­low­stone Na­tional Park.

Park spokes­woman Amy Bartlett said the cubs’ mother was killed in Mon­tana be­cause she ate part of hiker Lance Crosby, 63, and hid the rest of the body — an ab­nor­mal be­hav­ior for a fe­male bear de­fend­ing its young.

“Nor­mal de­fen­sive at­tacks by fe­male bears de­fend­ing their young do not in­volve con­sump­tion of the vic­tim’s body,” the park said.

Crosby died from trau­matic in­juries suf­fered from the at­tack.

The two fe­male cubs faced death, too, un­less a zoo would ac­cept them.

“They are too young to sur­vive in the wild on their own,” Bartlett said. “If we had left them, they would have suf­fered and died.”

The Blade news­pa­per (http://bit. ly/1Kl­hdbc ) re­ported Fri­day that the Toledo Zoo was al­ready plan­ning a brown bear ex­hibit and has agreed to take the fe­male cubs.

They’re ex­pected to ar­rive in Toledo this au­tumn. The cubs will ini­tially be held at a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­ter un­til the zoo is ready, said Randi Meyerson, the zoo’s cu­ra­tor of mam­mals. The zoo is pay­ing to trans­port the cubs.

Yel­low­stone of­fi­cials con­cluded the cubs fed on the body, too, but Bartlett said they shouldn’t be a threat at the zoo.

Meyerson said this is the first time in her 15 years at the zoo that they’ve ac­cepted an­i­mals through a pro­gram that finds homes for nui­sance or or­phaned wild an­i­mals.

The zoo has not had brown bears for more than 30 years, but staff have raised po­lar bear cubs and sloth bears, she said.

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