3 bears get new pool to stay cool at Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center in Scottsdale

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - Three orphaned black bears living at a wildlife sanctuary in Scottsdale have a new pool of their own to beat the summer heat.

Grizz, Igasho and Tahoe are all about 2 years old and are permanent residents of Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center in Scottsdale, according to a news release.

Grizz and Tahoe came from Montana after the facility they were living in closed. Igasho came from California because after he was trapped and released he returned to town and people began to feed him. All three had become imprinted on humans and would have been unable to safely live in the wild.

The pool was built courtesy California Pools and Landscape at no charge to the nonprofit organization.

California Pools founder Mike Smith had built a pool for SWCC 20 years ago and when the three bears became residents, Southwest Wildlife called up saying they needed a cool-down pool for the bears.

Three of the bears at the facility had been using a little black plastic tub to cool off.

The new pool actually includes a waterfall.

Anyone wanting to help by making a donation to SWCC can go to their website . The organization is also holding its annual "Wild About Wildlife" fundraiser on April 27 at Troon Country Club in Scottsdale. For more information call 480-471-3621.

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