That's when townspeople in Big Bear Lake, Calif., began a fund-raising drive to build a 10,000-square-foot home for the animals at the community-run Moonridge Animal Park. Zoo curator Don Richardson, who said it's been 90 years since the last California grizzly was shot, was handed the $108,000 needed for the bears' habitat in just three months, with some donations coming from as far away as Florida and New Jersey. The grizzlies' new quarters, which are tight compared to wild standards, include a pond and towering Jeffrey pines.
* Mark Matthews
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