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DNR Officers Rescue 500-Pound Black Bear from Floodwaters

On Sunday, the bear was left behind when its owner was forced to evacuate his home due to flooding in Shelby County, IN. State law allows a person to possess a black bear provided a permit is obtained from the Department of Natural Resources. The owner of this bear had the required permit and was following procedural requirements.
Indiana Conservation Officers responded to many floodwater rescue calls this weekend - even one for a 500-pound black bear, stranded in its cage in Shelby County.

On Sunday, the bear was left behind when its owner was forced to evacuate his home due to flooding.

Officers found the animal in about four feet of water, but secured in its 10-foot by 12-foot enclosure. Due to safety concerns for the officers and the animal, it was determined that tranquilizing the animal was not a viable option.

However, officers were able to enter the enclosure and create an elevated platform for the bear to get above the water.

State law allows a person to possess a black bear provided a permit is obtained from the Department of Natural Resources. The owner of this bear had the required permit and was following procedural requirements.
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