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Five grizzly bear cubs make the largest litter in Yellowstone-area history

Within hours of the sighting on Wednesday, Frank van Manen caught word that there was a grizzly sow with five cubs in tow spotted in Yellowstone National Park.

Five cubs following mom is so unlikely that van Manen, who leads the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team, pondered an explanation.

Maybe, he said, there was an adoption event: Sometimes two female siblings produce cubs in the same year, and one ends up with the other's youngsters.

"We've seen that before, with adoptions taking place," van Manen said.

Grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem typically have one to three cubs. A...

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