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N.C. bears housed in concrete enclosure get grass in Texas





He has the ability to play special teams and Cutler has talked him up previously. Eric Weems was signed a year ago to boost special teams but his contributions to the offense were minimal and it's hard to see that changing. Then, there is Marquess Wilson, the slender playmaker from Washington State who was drafted in the seventh round. It will be interesting to see if he's strong enough to gain separation from NFL cornerbacks. Devin Aromashodu is back for a second stint with the team but did little with a wide-open opportunity with the Vikings. Golden Brittan flashed a little last summer and is back again. The biggest signing bonus the Bears gave to an undrafted free agent this spring was Iowa State receiver Josh Lenz. But he was quiet in the offseason program. There is no shortage of opportunities and the players know this.





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(Nuccio DiNuzzo / Chicago Tribune) Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton told the Tribune he won't agree to a new long-term contract before Monday's 3 p.m. deadline, meaning he'll play the 2013 season under the one-year franchise tender he signed worth $8.45 million. Melton would become a free agent after the season and could be franchised again, if the Bears decided to go that route. Since the Bears and Melton's agent, Jordan Woy, were "worlds apart'' in terms of negotiations, Melton figured the prospect for a long-term deal was bleak. He wanted a five-year deal with guaranteed money likely in the $18-20 million range. Melton said he understood the Bears also had other priorities to address, such as the contracts of players such as quarterback Jay Cutler and Charles Tillman. He was uncertain where he stood on the priority list but never complained. Melton was named to his first Pro Bowl last season and had six sacks, which was tied for third among all league defensive tackles. He has 15 career sacks in 45 games (29 starts). Last year, the Bears placed the franchise tag on running back Matt Forte March 5 then signed him to a four-year, $30.4 million contract ($17.1 million guaranteed) on July 16 -- the deadline day.









The zoo contains several types of bears, including native black bears, grizzly bears and brown bears at its location in downtown Cherokee. John Fletcher, Asheville, N.C., Citizen-Times In July 2011, the Cherokee Bear Zoo in downtown Cherokee, N.C., had native black bears, grizzly bears and brown bears, all housed in concrete pits. John Fletcher, Asheville, N.C., Citizen-Times Maggie Harper and her son Zach fed some of the black bears in July 2011 at the Cherokee Bear Zoo in Cherokee, N.C. John Fletcher, Asheville, N.C., Citizen-Times A silver tip grizzly bear wanted to be fed in July 2011 at the Cherokee Bear Zoo in Cherokee, N.C. John Fletcher, Asheville, N.C., Citizen-Times Fullscreen In January 2013, members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals protested mistreatment of bears outside Chief Saunooke Bear Park in Cherokee, N.C. The animal activists have targeted three roadside zoos in the area for years. One closed in January; two remain open. John Coutlakis, Asheville, N.C., Citizen-Times In this editorial cartoon by David Cohen, the bears that were housed in a concrete pit at Chief Saunooke Bear Parkin Cherokee, N.C., find the doors open and see sunlight, trees and grass in their new sanctuary in Boyd, Texas. David Cohen, Asheville, N.C., Citizen-Times An Asian bear, one of the 11 bears that had lived at Chief Saunooke Bear Park in Cherokee, N.C., explores its new surroundings July 8, 2013, at the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Boyd, Texas. Richard W. Rodriguez, AP Fullscreen Richard Gilbreth, director of the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary, helps one of 11 bears new to his Boyd, Texas, sanctuary cool off July 8, 2013. Six black bears, three grizzlies and two Asian black bears are adjusting to the 50-acre sanctuary about 30 miles northwest of Fort Worth. Richard W. Rodriguez, AP Fullscreen As of July 2013, 11 bears are in $450,000 enclosures financed by an anonymous donor at the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Boyd, Texas. The bears had lived in concrete pits at a bear park in Cherokee, N.C., and now have trees, grass and more room to roam. Richard W. Rodriguez, AP Fullscreen An Asian bear gets cooled off July 8, 2013, at the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Boyd, Texas. Six black bears, three grizzlies and two Asian black bears are adjusting to life at the 50-acre sanctuary about 30 miles northwest of Fort Worth. Richard W.





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Last year, in October, long after rangers packed up and left the park for the winter, viewers noticed a bear protecting a kill site. When the cameras came online the next day (they're shut off to conserve solar power), there was a different bear - nicknamed Lurch - on top of the cache, which had more than doubled in size. Rangers speculated on what was in the cache. The contents were confirmed one day as Lurch was tearing the cache apart to snack on a smaller bear. "We now know that Lurch killed another bear. For some of the people, that was traumatic," he said. Play Video Lion, Tiger and Bear Oh My! MORE Severe Weather Ahead? A New Moon for Neptune Stifling Heat Wave Settles In Huge Building Makes Weather Buried Boy Has Miracle Recovery When Will the Heat End? A Tornado Where?