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HSUS TO INVESTIGATE BEAR TRANSFERS TO WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY

HSUS TO INVESTIGATE BEAR TRANSFERS TO WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
 WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The Humane Society of the United States issued the following:
 The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is investigating why Washington State University is keeping two orphaned grizzly bear cubs who could have had a home at a sanctuary. The HSUS is already trying to free a bear from Yellowstone National Park, Bear No. 134, who was taken to research laboratories at WSU after encounters with humans near a resort built in her territory.
 The two cubs were trapped Aug. 10 after reports that they and their mother had been raiding campsites at the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area in Montana. Despite the fact that some witnesses disputed whether these were the same bears who had made the raids, the cubs and their mother were trapped by the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, working in conjunction with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The mother was later killed.
 Although the state officials recommended reducing human use of the area and relocating the bears to other state public lands, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service claimed the bears were too dangerous. They added that they had tried unsuccessfully to find sanctuary for the bears. The cubs were split up and sent in separate cages to Washington State University.
 "Once again, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is acting as broker to Washington State University's research facility," said Michael Winikoff, HSUS investigator. "The U.S. Forest Service says it made 40 calls to place these bears. We made one call, to a rehabilitation center and sanctuary in Oregon, and they said they'd love to give these bears a home."
 Even though the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was informed about the Oregon sanctuary, the cubs were still sent to WSU.
 The HSUS has been investigating the link between Chris Servheen of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Washington State University, where Servheen has been deeply involved with experiments on grizzlies.
 "When bears and humans meet, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service answers by shipping the bears off to become research subjects," Winikoff said. "The solution is to educate people about how to avoid these encounters and to enforce existing laws that restrict what people can do in what is, after all, bear habitat."
 This approach has been endorsed by Mike Aderhold, regional director of the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks.
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 /CONTACT: Helen L. Mitternight of The Humane Society of the United States, 202-452-1100/ CO: The Humane Society of the United States; Washington State
 University ST: Washington; Montana IN: SU:


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