Scottsdale animal shelter adopts 5 orphaned bear cubs, then releases them

By Ron Dungan
Published: Friday, November 25, 2022 - 10:11am

Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center
The Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center took in five bear cubs last year. All five had been returned to the wild.

A Scottsdale animal shelter took in five orphaned bear cubs last year in hopes of later releasing them.

All five have been returned to the wild.

Baby bears typically spend up to two years with their mothers before striking out on their own.

In August 2021, Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center took in three cubs whose mothers had died.

By the end of the year, it had taken in two more. The last one was found by monks near Safford, wandering alone in the snow.

It suffered from dehydration, ringworm and pneumonia. Jeanette Ham is a spokeswoman for the shelter.

“Like I said we get really really excited when we’re able to do like, successful releases. So it’s, it’s really exciting to have these success stories,” Ham said.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department released three of the bears in the summer. The other two were released in the fall.