Escaped Grizzly Cub At Large In Florida: Search For Booboo Continues

By Staff Reporter on January 18, 2013 10:43 AM EST

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Grizzly cub Booboo escaped from the a Naples, Florida, conservation on Tuesday. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission continues its search for the bear. (Photo: Creative Commons)

Pet grizzly cub Booboo escaped from his habitat Tuesday afternoon, prompting a frantic bearhunt by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for the past couple of days.

Last seen in Naples, Florida, the escaped grizzly cub weighs 125 pounds and is a domesticated cub that managed to get loose from its licensed owner. The owner of the cub is Dexter Osbom, who owns two other bears and tours the country to perform the educational show, "A Grizzly Experience." His venues include festivals, fairs and sporting events.

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A number of sightings of the escaped grizzly cub were reported but the Conservation Commission's Capt. Mitts Mravic said none of the reports have been confirmed.

"We've had a couple calls but we have not been able to confirm what type of bear it was. We do have black bears in the area ... but we're looking for a brown bear," Mravic said.

The conservation's search team has tried to tail the escaped grizzly cub's scent but had already lost its tracks. Authorities are using helicopters and officers on horseback to locate the animal. What's more, food included vegetables, molasses and marshmallows have been strategically placed to track the bear. Finally, Booboo's brother Yogi will be brought out in a cage to attract Booboo as well.

"Residents should remain calm, but pay attention to their surroundings. If you see the bear, please do not approach it. Get indoors if you can, and call the Fish and Wildlife Commission or local law enforcement," said Mravic to Naples residents to inform the community of the situation,

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