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California bear has a new home in Scottsdale at animal conservation center

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -  A baby bear from California is now making his home in Arizona.

The cub is settling in at a Scottsdale animal sanctuary that came to his rescue after the bear was no longer allowed to live in the wild.

He's been in the state for less than 24 hours, but the newest resident at the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center is settling in well.

"He went right up into a tree, that was probably the first thing that he saw that he recognized," said Kim Carr.

Heavenly came all the way from California where he's said to have been hanging around the "Heavenly Resort" in Lake Tahoe a little too much.

When the bear was first found wandering around back in March, he was injured and underweight.

He was nursed back to health by a local vet and returned to the wild, but in less than a week he returned to the resort.

Many were concerned he could pose a threat to the people staying there so they decided he could no longer live in the wild.

"A bear is a very big commitment. They live 30-35 years, and they are very expensive animals to take care of, they require a lot of food. But when no one stepped up, we decided, ok, let's just do it," said Carr.

Heavenly arrived at the sanctuary in Scottsdale Tuesday night and was released into his new enclosure Wednesday morning.

Those at the wildlife center are planning to expand his enclosure. They've got a fundraiser in the works to make it happen, they say the public is welcome to come see Heavenly during tours.

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