Bearizona Wildlife Park adopts 3 orphaned bear cubs

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Three orphaned bear cubs are going to have a new home.

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Bearizona Wildlife Park announced Wednesday that it would adopt the cubs from Montana, KNXV reported. The cubs -- two males and a female -- were rescued after their mother was shot and injured by a hiker last month, the television station reported.

Wildlife officials had to euthanize the cubs’ mother, and the cubs were found days later by ranchers.

The cubs weigh approximately 40 pounds apiece, KNXV reported.

Bearizona’s owner will transport the cubs from the Montana WILD center in Helena to Arizona on June 3, the television station reported. Park officials said they would build a 40,000-square-foot enclosure to house the cubs. It should be finished in March 2021, KNXV reported.

The public will be able to see the cubs beginning on June 12.

“The new grizzly bear habitat at Bearizona will feature a 200-foot-long by 24-foot-high cliff, two waterfalls, underwater viewing sections and a rock ridge from where people can look down, into the enclosure, or up, into the grizzly ponds," Bearizona said in a news release. “Visitors will be able to safely view the bears due to the construction of moats, railings and some glass walls.”