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Grizzly Bears Arrive At Louisville Zoo

By Sheila AshThe Louisville Zoo has three new occupants. A mother grizzly bear and her two cubs were brought to the zoo after being trapped in Montana earlier this month.They had been classified as “nuisance bears,” which can pose a threat to livestock or humans or cause property damage.Zoo Director John Walczak says the bears have adapted to their new environment."The mom has a calm demeanor, they’re eating well, the cubs are of course are a little bit more curious. They’re doing very, very well. One of the reasons these bears had become nuisance bears is they had had a tough spring in that part of the world and there was not a whole lot of food availability and this mom and the two cubs were raiding chicken coops," he said.The grizzlies are currently in an off-exhibit area and will remain there until the spring opening of Glacier Run Bear Habitat.

Rick Howlett was midday host and the host of LPM's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." He was with LPM from 2001-2023 and held many different titles, including Morning Edition host, Assignment Editor and Interim News Director. He died in August 2023. Read a remembrance of Rick here.