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By Matt Hart
Vital Ground Foundation 

Orphan Grizzlies Find New Home in Quebec


Klara Varga

One of three orphaned grizzly bear cubs waits in a culvert trap before transportation to the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) rehabilitation center in Helena. With Vital Ground helping make the connection, the cubs will soon be moved to Zoo Sauvage de Saint-Felicien, in Quebec, a large facility specializing in northern species.

MISSOULA – Three grizzly bear cubs orphaned in Montana in June will have a new home. We can only hope they don't mind cold winters and the sound of French.

As conservation biologists embarked on an exhaustive search to prevent the cubs from being euthanized, a message board post by Stuart Strahl, board chairman of the Missoula-based Vital Ground Foundation, led to an adoption agreement for the cubs with Zoo Sauvage de Saint-Felicien, a facility in Quebec, Canada.

The zoo features large native habitats and only houses animals indigenous to Earth's northern boreal regions. Located in a smal...

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