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Two rescued bears arrive at Tucson zoo

TUCSON, Ariz. Two brown bears that were removed from the Flathead Indian Reservation in western Montana have arrived at their new home in Tucson.

Officials at the Reid Park Zoo say the brother and sister bears are about 18 months old.

They had been learning dangerous behaviors from their mother, such as raiding chicken coops, stealing garbage and breaking into buildings for livestock feed. They had been removed once before but returned to the area and were determined to be a public safety hazard.

The zoo's curator, Jim Schnormeier, says Reid Park is pleased to be able to provide a home for the bears, but that many like them aren't as lucky.

Education Curator Vivian VanPeenen says the bears will help the zoo educate people on how to better prevent human-bear conflicts.

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