Rare Image of Grizzlies at Play

Rare Image of Grizzlies at Play
Two young male grizzly bears met for the first time at the Montana Wildlife Center in Helena while preparing to be sent to a zoo in Colorado Springs that agreed to take both bears, provided FWP could arrange to test their compatibility. The bears, who are not related, were causing problems in different parts of the Flathead Valley in 2006 and 2007 before being caputured. This image is of the very moment the bears came into contact with each other for the first time. Their immediate reaction was to play. They bonded and became virtually inseparable. They now reside in a special habitat created for them at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Their's is a rare story of survival. Most bears, grizzly and black, must be destroyed once they become food conditioned. Only a very few spaces are available in zoos.