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Bears given refuge in U.P.


NEWBERRY - The black bear cubs Bonnie and Clyde, who at one time faced euthanasia, have a new home in a private bear sanctuary in the Upper Peninsula.

State wildlife biologists unsuccessfully searched for a den in which to place the young bear cubs, so the cubs went to Oswald's Bear Ranch in Newberry.

The bears were left homeless after a timber operator ran a skidder over their den during a February logging operation in Montmorency County, killing one cub and causing the mother to flee.

Their future had been uncertain until they went to Oswald's. Regular zoos, including Potter Park Zoo, wouldn't take them for fear of bovine tuberculosis, which cannot be detected in live animals.   more...


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