(CBC) — Makoon, an orphaned male black bear cub that was found in Manitoba earlier this spring, has been released into the wild despite opposition from those who fear the cub will not survive.

Two bears that were cared for at the Assiniboine Park Zoo have been released in a remote wilderness area of Manitoba, the provincial government announced Tuesday.

“I feel that we’ve done an excellent job with these two cubs and that they have a suitable chance of surviving,” said James Duncan, director of conservation programs with Manitoba Conservation.

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