Orphaned bear cubs to become part of the Riverside Discovery Center

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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (KNEP) - A pair of grizzly bear cubs have become part of the Riverside Discovery Center after an unfortunate decision by a hunter.

RDC officials stepped up to offer the cubs a new home after Wyoming and Federal wildlife officials tried to allow the pair to grow up in the wild. The cubs' mother was harvested illegally this past spring by a black bear hunter in Wyoming. However, the cubs had taken to scavenging human food, and officials decided a new home was needed for their well-being and for public safety.

In a news release, RDC Zoo Curator Anthony Mason says his organization is honored and humbled to be able to offer the cubs a home, but remodeling an exhibit for them is a heavy financial burden. The Zoo is seeking donations and sponsors to help offset the remodel costs, as well as for a new, bigger exhibit that would house the bears as they grow up.

Public display of the cubs in their new home will wait until after a special 'Breakfast with the Bears' event exclusively for zoo members and donors at a date yet to be determined. Donations for the bears can be made by going to the webpage at this link.