What’s Next For the Orphaned Cubs of Dead Grizzly?
Most offspring of problem bears end up in zoos. Is that the right place for them?
Say hello to Dolly, and to her equally photogenic siblings Koda and LouLou.
Lots of people offer them salutations in Salt Lake City. One of the most popular activities at Utah's Hogle Zoo, in fact, is taking selfies with these charismatic triplets as they press their noses and paws up against a dividing wall of glass, literally within inches of human admirers. (See National Geographic's best bear pictures.)
They are Internet-age superstars—"ambassadors," as one zoo official says— and they are the closest many urbanites will ever get to encountering a wild-born grizzly bear.
Today, Dolly, Koda, and LouLou dwell behind a water-filled moat in an artificial make-believe habitat known as Rocky Shores.
But just five summers ago, the threesome were