PROVINCE ADVISES TWO BEARS RELEASED IN REMOTE AREA OF MANITOBA
Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship advises that two bears that were being cared for by the Assiniboine Park Zoo are being released in a remote wilderness area of Manitoba.
The bears weighed more than 30 pounds each when they were released and showed a number of instinctive behaviours including the ability to locate food on their own.
Wildlife biologists who surveyed the area before the bears were released found a wide variety of plentiful food sources including eggs, fish and berries. The area is very remote, which will reduce the chances of either bear coming into contact with humans in the future.
In April, a young bear was found in southeast Manitoba. In this situation, the Assiniboine Park Zoo was approached and indicated it was able to care for this bear.
This bear is approximately six months old and has been receiving care with a bear from the St. Malo area, which is approximately five months old. Both bears are in excellent condition, are quite large for their age and have been socialized with each other at the zoo.
Manitobans are reminded that members of the public are discouraged from taking in wild animals. If anyone finds an animal in need of assistance, they should call 204-945-6784 or the nearest Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship district office.