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No more Trouble: Duluth zoo's star brown bear headed to sanctuary

Visitors watch Trouble, the Lake Superior Zoo's brown bear, in May 2015. (Steve Kuchera /

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DULUTH, Minn. - After next week, there will be no more Trouble at the Lake Superior Zoo.

Trouble, an Alaskan brown bear who has been a popular part of the Duluth zoo since 2000, will be permanently moved to a bear sanctuary next week, zoo officials announced Thursday. It’s part of an ongoing process as the zoo undergoes an accreditation review and looks toward a proposed $15 million renovation.

The zoo’s current bear exhibit does not meet the latest standards of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, zoo officials said, so the zoo could not retain its accreditation if Trouble remained. Plans to renovate the zoo call for a larger brown bear exhibit.

Trouble, who is 17 years old, came to the zoo in 2000 after he was caught breaking into the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage, apparently in search of food.

The name and location of that Trouble’s new home were not released Thursday “at the request of the sanctuary,” zoo officials said.