ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Two future St. Louis Zoo bears need names. A Montana zoo is launching a poll to give the grizzleys something to be known as. The orphans will eventually live in the new bear habitat at the St. Louis Zoo.
The sibling cubs, a 104-pound yearling female grizzly bear and a 123-pound yearling male, were captured near Ferndale in northwestern Montana July 15 when their mother was removed by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Service. For approximately a year, prior to completion of a new bear habitat in St. Louis, ZooMontana will care for the cubs. The cubs will be available for public viewing in the coming weeks. When the new Grizzly Ridge habitat is completed in mid-2017, the bears will move to the Saint Louis Zoo.
The cub’s mother was, “removed from the population” after killing chickens, ducks and rabbits over the past two years. The 226 pound, 7-year-old female bear was known for repeated incidents of climbing up on porches and looking into windows and opening shed doors to gain access to livestock feed.
Montanans are asked to vote for the name of the male bear and St. Louisans for the female.
The five female name choices from Saint Louis Zoo staff are:
- Finley — A nod to Huckleberry Finn (also means “fair warrior”)
- Helena — Mt. Helena in Montana
- Skye — Montana is the Big Sky State
- Ursula — A twist on bear taxonomy ursidae
- Wynn — A mountain in Glacier National Park
The five male name choices from ZooMontana staff are:
- Glacier — Glacier National Park
- Huckleberry (Huck) — Huckleberry is a fruit used in many Montana-made products
- Kootenai (pronounced KOOT-a-knee) – (Kootenai National Forest is a national forest located in the far northwestern section of Montana)
- Rocky — Rocky Mountains
- Roscoe — An iconic mountain town in Montana
To vote online for your favorite of the five female names, visit stlzoo.org/GrizzlyCubs.
To vote online for your favorite of the five male names, visit zoomontana.org.
Votes will be tallied and the winning names revealed on October 7.