WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) -- Rumors are flying online that two young bears at The Wildlife Center of Virginia will be euthanized, which has caused a big backlash the center says is unwarranted.
For the past year, the center has been trying to rehabilitate the two bears back into the wild. They were stolen from the wild and domesticated before coming to the center. The Wildlife Center has just started searching for long term care for the two.
Reports that the bears will be euthanized have caused strong reactions through the community, even death threats.
Ed Clark, the president of the center, said the rumors are just not true, "These guys are going to be placed in appropriate facilities for long term care. We do not have and never have had any serious consideration of euthanizing these two animals."
He continued to say the euthanasia is the absolute last option in cases like this.
"We're the good guys. We're the ones who save the bears. We're here for the bears and you can be assured that these two bears' story is going to have as happy an ending as it can," said Clark.
He also said the two bears already have a lot of interest from zoos around the country and Clark has no doubts they will have a happy life.
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