Wildlife Center of Virginia ‘optimistic’ about new home for black bears

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WAYNESBORO, Va. (WTVR) – The president of the Wildlife Center of Virginia in Waynesboro said he was extremely optimistic that good homes have been found for two bears stolen from the wild as cubs.

Wildlife Center president Ed Clark said he hoped to make an official announcement in a week or so.

He said only accredited zoos and wildlife sanctuaries were considered for the bears.

The bears, one male and one female, are each 16-months old. Neither is afraid of humans since they were raised as pets.

“This is ridiculous, this is an animal that just wants to be close to people, that is not natural behavior,” Clark told CBS 6 reporter Melissa Hipolit.

Wildlife officials picked up the cubs last year from people who stole them from the wild. They were “treated like a pet, kept in the house around the family, the dogs, whatever,” Clark said.

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  • Another Wildlife Center Supporter

    Thank you WTVR, for reviewing and correcting your coverage of the Wildlife Center’s ongoing efforts, over the past year, to care for these bears, which had been illegally captured in 2013. You’ve now clarified that the folks who criminally took the bears from their moms and confined them are the ones responsible for this situation.

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