Alaska sends orphaned Kodiak bear to Ohio zoo in rare move

A Kodiak bear cub like this one was moved to the Toledo Zoo from Alaska. (WDTN Photo)
A Kodiak bear cub like this one was moved to the Toledo Zoo from Alaska. (WDTN Photo)

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — One of three Kodiak bears whose mother was killed by hunters has been relocated from Alaska to an Ohio zoo in a rare move.

The Blade newspaper reports the male cub, named Dodge, arrived last fall at the Toledo Zoo. He’s bonded with two female grizzly cubs that were moved from Yellowstone National Park after their mother killed a hiker and was killed.

The zoo expects the cubs will go on public exhibit this summer.

Hunters who killed Dodge’s mother last spring found her months-old cubs in a den. Killing a sow that has cubs is illegal, but the hunters weren’t charged because investigators determined they didn’t know about the cubs.

The cubs initially were hand-reared at the Alaska Zoo. Dodge’s siblings went to a zoo in Marshfield, Wisconsin.

 

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