Colorado

Feb 21, 2010 10:35 AM by Associated Press

Orphan bears transplanted to dens to await spring

Two young bears have been moved from a western Colorado wildlife rehabilitation center into a den, where they're expected to emerge from hibernation in a few weeks and begin fending for themselves.

The 1-year-old males were taken from the Pauline S. Schneegas Wildlife Foundation near Silt to the new den on Grand Mesa on Thursday.

Volunteers from the foundation and officers from the Colorado Division of Wildlife moved the bears on Thursday.

The foundation takes in young bears whose mothers have been killed after foraging around or even inside homes.

The Division of Wildlife says 98 percent of such orphans don't get into trouble if they're transplanted into dens while young.

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