Boo Boo the Pet Grizzly Bear Escaped -- But Don't Let His Cute Name Fool You


grizzly bearHide yo kids! Hide yo wife! Hide yo husband! There is an escaped grizzly cub running around a residential neighborhood in Florida. And here those of us living outside of the Sunshine State thought the alligators sounded scary!

The grizzly, who goes by the seemingly innocuous name of Boo Boo, is a pet, legally owned by animal trainer Dexter Osborn. And the trainer seems to have done everything right -- at least as right as things can be when you have a grizzly bear for a pet!

He's got the 8 foot high fenced in cages required by Florida law to hold a grizzly bear, he's got his permits, he's even met inspection requirements from Florida Wildlife officials. But none of that matters. Boo Boo got out. Now people in a residential neighborhood have to hide out until someone can get this grizzly off the streets.

Can you imagine?

Sure, he's a pet grizzly bear, and according to Osborn's website, he travels the country with his three bears putting on shows for crowds of all ages. He goes to kids fests! He lets kids feed the bears! He even shows off pictures of himself in the cage with his 7-foot 600-pound big beast, Tonk, as if it's no big deal.

But that same site promotes the Grizzly Experience as an "in depth, up close and personal look into the life of North Americas’ most prestigious predator."

Predator? And that's what's running around the Golden Gate Estates in Naples at the moment? Forget the kiddie fests. This is a beast in the wild and people could be hurt or worse. Imagine 100 pounds of vicious predator up against a little kid playing in the backyard. 

The good news is that grizzlies tend to subsist mostly on nuts, berries, fruit, leaves, and roots -- not humans. But these guys have been known to eat a moose or two, and yes, they're considered very dangerous to humans, especially if surprised. Not surprisingly, the official word from law enforcement at the moment is "don't approach the bear!" They do want reports of sitings in hopes that they can track him.

This "pet" needs to get back to his cage ... pronto!

What do you think of this pet grizzly bear and his escape? Would you leave your house if this was your neighborhood?



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Vegeta Vegeta

Way to over react, it's a cub and its under 100lbs. It's not a thousand pound raging maneater that's going to rip down your house and tear your kids in half while laughing maniacally (if bears do laugh). Jeeze it's like a big puppy got out. You've never met a bear cub?

MaryC... MaryCimino

I had a pet opossum once does that make me crazy. Oh, wait it does!

But Bears can be dangerous so it can't hurt to be too careful, even cubs.

AdryF AdryF

eh, in Alaska there are wild bears all the time. You avoid them, but they don't hide inside or anything. Now if it was a momma bear and a cub I would be worried if I lived there. lol

Sarah Ridgway

Boo Boo has been found and returned home. But the panic of this blogwriter was unwarranted. This "residential neighborhood" is not suburban housing development with a house on every teeny lot -- the population in that part of the county is much more spread out. Black bears are in the area all the time getting into people's garbage if it's not contained. It's panther territory, though they keep getting killed faster than they reproduce so less of an issue now. There are coyotes, snakes -- including poisonous ones -- and alligators in canals and ponds. While grizzlies are generally more aggressive in the wild than black bears, this is a cub who has never had to hunt for his food, and is unlikely to have decided that your toddler or pet would make a great meal. People who choose to live in the rural areas of Collier County are usually accepting of the wildlife and any risks that it entails. So... chill.

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