Pet Bear Shot After Escape In Ohio

Examiner, Bear Hunting Magazine

Sheriff deputies and wildlife officials fatally shot a black bear who had escaped from its owner's cage and wandered into a neighbor's yard in central Ohio.
Morrow County Sheriff Steven Brenneman says his office received a call shortly after midnight from someone complaining that a black bear was standing outside his back door.

The 300-pound bear fled into a wooded area after it was shot and wounded by its owner, Harry Wilson. Authorities shot the bear again after it re-emerged about 90 minutes later.

Another black bear kept as a pet by a different owner in Morrow County was fatally shot by a sheriff's deputy in September.

Ohio residents are permitted to keep black bears as long as they register with the state's Department of Resources. Authorities say Wilson keeps two other black bears on his property.

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