MISSOULA — Montana wildlife officials have found a new home for three grizzly bear cubs that were orphaned in June when their mother was killed by a vehicle.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks announced plans on Tuesday to send the cubs to Zoo Sauvage de Saint-Felicien in Quebec. The Missoulian reports that the cubs have been at a Helena wildlife rehabilitation center since being captured in early June.
Authorities have been searching for a new home for the cubs since, hoping to avoid euthanizing them. The center only holds animals that cannot be released into the wild for four weeks but the cubs are too young to survive alone. Grizzlies around humans quickly equate them with food.
They will remain the state of Montana’s property, on permanent loan to the Canadian zoo.