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Eleven bears once confined to concrete pits at Chief Saunooke Bear Park in Cherokee have found greener pastures in Texas after the bear park was shut down following repeated federal violations.
An anonymous donor from California gave $450,000 to construct eight separate enclosures at the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Boyd, Texas. Each is larger than an acre and includes trees to climb, dirt to dig, caves to sleep in and ponds to cool off in.