'Da Bears' come to town: Reid Park Zoo's newest grizzly attraction

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'Da Bears' come to town: Reid Park Zoo's newest grizzly attraction

By Simone Del Rosario. CREATED Sep 19, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Families are flocking to Reid Park Zoo's newest exhibit -- two rescued grizzly bears from Montana. 

The zoo said the cubs, Ronan and Finley, had learned some dangerous habits from their mom out in the wild. 

"Things like: Breaking into chicken coops; breaking into buildings to steal livestock feed; eating out of human garbage cans -- things that when they're successful they get a big jackpot reward," Vivian VanPeenen said.

She said they are habits that are bad to break. According to VanPeenen, wildlife officials tried to relocate the family, but before long they were back to their old ways.

She said wildlife officials had to euthanize the mother, but Reid Park Zoo stepped in to save the cubs.

"It makes it a lot cooler to come see them because we know that Tucson has always been a community that helps out," Gabriel Aguilera said while visiting the exhibit with his son.

Now if you visit the zoo you have the opportunity to get up close and personal with a grizzly in captivity. But that's not all: The exhibit wouldn't be complete without a few educational tips on how to keep bears away in the wild. For example, use a bear-proof cooler for your food and hang your garbage high in a tree. 

Because while it's great to see bears in their new exhibit, you wouldn't want to cuddle with them at the campgrounds.