Adirondack Wildlife Refuge searching for escaped bears

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According to Adirondack Wildlife Refuge in Wilmington, New York, two black bears escaped earlier this week from the facility.

We are told by the co-founder, Steve Hall, these bears are ‘ambassador’ bears. These animals are used in a variety of ways to educate the public.

“They were never wild animals and will never be. They were adopted from an organization that raises large animals that appear in motion-pictures, documentaries, and in nature centers,” said Hall.

The bears that escaped are both female and weigh in at 200 lbs each.

One’s fur is black, while the other has brown fur, never the less they are both categorized as black bears. Here is what they look like.

Hall says if you believe you have seen them, call 1-855-WOLF-MAN or 1-914-772-5983.

“These two are not related, but, they are the same age. They’ve known each other since they were a month old, so, these are-like best friend bears,” said Hall.

For the reason above, he believes the two are traveling together.

But he is hopeful they will return home, once they become hungry.  Because of the time of year, food sources are limited for these animals.

“The good news is, we hope that means they will get tired of running around, and come home. The bad news is, if someone starts feeding them, that will start to interfere with what we are trying to do.”

Hall says, don’t feed them, just call him at 1-855- WOLF-MAN or 1-914-772-5983.

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