This past Tuesday, two grizzly bear cubs and their mother were caught raiding a chicken coop on a farm in Montana. After the cubs were examined at a Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks lab in Bozeman on Wednesday, biologists said the cubs were 15 to 40 pounds underweight while the mother was considered to be in "fair" condition.
The dilemma was if the wildlife department should relocate the family or just kill the cubs.
If they were to relocate the bears, they would struggle to survive the fall, and most surely die during the winter, but if they were to kill the cubs, they would have to deal with the likely outcry from the public.
Ultimately, the wildlife department decided to relocate the bears to Yellowstone National Park today. The mother has been fitted with a radio collar to be monitored. If she survives this fall and dens, officials won't know if her cubs lived or died until next spring.
As hard a decision as it was, we support it! The cubs should be allowed the chance to survive! We shouldn't intervene and end their lives.
Nature has a way of surviving under the most amazing circumstances.
Hopefully next year we'll hear the news that the cubs survived and are healthy!
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