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Scottsdale wildfire sanctuary releases 2 black bears into the wild

The Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center introduced that they lately launched two extra black bears into the wild by a partnership with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, bringing their yearly complete to 5.

According to the SWCC, all 5 bears have been rescued as infants and given months of rehabilitation at their conservation middle in Scottsdale till they have been deemed match to return to the wild.

Kim Carr, Animal Care Manager with the SWCC, confirmed that two of the bears have been first found in August after their mom was fatally injured by a car collision, and brought by the Navajo Nation to Southwest Wildlife. The third was discovered orphaned in southeastern Arizona in October and captured by an AZGFD wildlife supervisor, who transported them to the conservation middle after efforts to find its mom failed, the AZGFD mentioned.

“Black bears typically stay with their mothers for 1.5 to 2 years to learn all the foraging and survival skills they need to grow big and strong,” the SWCC mentioned. “The babies were much too young to have already left their mothers, and they were in dire need of care.”

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The conservation middle mentioned that the sport and fish division rescued the fourth bear in 2021 after he was discovered wandering by himself in the mountains south of Tucson with “no mother in sight”, and the fifth bear who was wandering alone in the snow and found by Monks at the Saint Paisius Orthodox Monastery in Safford.

The SWCC mentioned that the fifth bear was found “fighting for her life” and arrived at the conservation middle malnourished and dehydrated, with superior instances of pneumonia and ringworm.

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