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Bear Pit Vote

Updated: Friday, April 12 2013, 12:53 PM EDT
Cherokee Tribal Council voted against a resolution to shut down all caged bear exhibits on the reservation.

In February, tribal elders asked council to revoke zoo licenses and require private owners to remove the bears from captivity.

The bear pits have come under fire in recent weeks by animal rights groups like PETA.

They say the bears belong in the wild or in larger preserves.

Chief Hicks says the plan now will be to explore ways to expand the bear exhibits.

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