CORINTH (CBSDFW.COM) – It’s something you’d be prepared to see in Yellowstone Park or maybe Jellystone Park! But it was a neighborhood in Corinth where residents came across a very merry baby bear.READ MORE: Shooting And Flipped Vehicle Results In Section Of LBJ Freeway In Balch Springs Shut Down For Hours
The call to the Corinth Police Department reported a black bear cub frolicking around on Windstone Way.
Police Lieutenant Jimmy Gregg explained, “The caller initially said it was … they saw it climbing a tree and just being playful, had a playful disposition to it.”
Of course the allegation had to be investigated. “Our officers responded, an officer and an animal control officer, responded to the scene and identified it as yes, it was a bear,” Gregg said.
The police officer and animal control officer were able to use a catchpole to rein in the baby bear. “They put it in the back of the animal control truck where it was safely kept. We gave it some water.”
Now, the big question is, where did the bear come from? It was another phone call that has Gregg thinking someone may have been trying to keep the animal as a pet. “We received a phone call yesterday and the individual was inquiring whether or not it was okay to possess bear.”
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Residents who saw the cub were worried there could be a mama bear close behind. Officials are doubtful the cub is part of a pack. “In this case I don’t know… someone could have raised this thing since it was just weeks old and cared for it and eventually [thought], ‘hey, it’s getting bigger. I need to call and verify if I can keep this thing or not.’ I think they knew they couldn’t keep the animal.”
Nowhere in the state of Texas is it legal to keep a bear as a pet. Individuals would have to go through a permit process with the State to do so.
Since there is no ‘bear alert’ necessary, police and animal control are now focused on how the cub came to be roaming free. Lieutenant Gregg theorizes, “It either got loose from them or they may have let the bear go. It’s kind of a coincidence how this phone call came in yesterday and then today we find the bear running loose in the neighborhood.”
Police say they are working to track the person down the person who made the initial call.
Gregg said the cub was fairly small, weighing between 25 and 30 pounds. “It couldn’t be more than just a few months old,” he said.
A game warden tells us they were able to locate the Corinth man who says he found the cub in a trap on his Oklahoma property and brought it home to Texas. Investigator say the man claims he was planning to nurse it back to heath and return it to the wild when it escaped. He now faces charges of possessing a dangerous animal without proper permits.
The cub had a brief stay at the Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch in Pilot Point before moving to the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Boyd.MORE NEWS: Amid Fight Over Redistricting, Texas Legislature's 3rd Special Session Ends With Passage Of Bipartisan Bills
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