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Lions, Tigers and Bears: Does a bear sit in the woods?

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ALPINE (CBS 8) - It was one of those laidback days east of Alpine, the locals in recovery mode following a frolicking weekend in the snow. Everybody seemed content to just soak up some late winter sun, except for Liberty the rescued black bear, who paced back and forth in her small enclosure, somehow sensing that a better life was just down the road.

The latest project at Lions, Tigers and Bears is a three-acre habitat for Liberty, who was rescued from the Mount Baldy area last July 4.

"There's a big problem, because people feed the bears and it only takes one time because it's cute and that will cost the bear its life. Liberty, she's lucky, she got to come here," Bobbi Brink said.

When campers feed a bear, the bears continue to return to the campgrounds looking for handouts. They become aggressive, breaking into coolers, tents and cars in search of food. Then they end up being shot by local wildlife authorities.

"In our campgrounds, about 12 (bears) a year," Bobbi said.

Liberty's enclosure will cost an estimated $350,000 to complete and end up housing four or five rescued bears. Lions, Tigers and Bears is currently $90,000 shy of their goal, so they are offering the general public a rare opportunity. Three days a week, if you call and make an appointment, they are opening the facilities for visitors.

"It's a $25 donation for adults, $15 for children. You can come for one day, or buy the $50 membership and come as often as you want all year. All the money goes to help build the habitats, rescue more animals and provide for the animals we have here," Bobbi said.

Liberty paces in her quarantine and waits. She waits for a brighter day and a home of her own. Liberty waits for you.

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