F.W.C continues search for bear in Golden Gate Estates
GOLDEN GATE ESTATES - Officers will Florida Fish and Wildlife continue to search for the two-year old domesticated cub named Booboo that escaped from its owner earlier this week.
The animal reported missing from a home at 4670 43rd Ave. N.E on Tuesday.
Since then, F.W.C has set up a trap along 45th Avenue Northeast to try it down and capture it.
Some residents told Fox 4 that bears are not uncommon in their rural neighborhood, but they still try to keep an eye out for wild creatures.
"Every once in a while I find myself looking over my shoulder when it's real dark out," said Austen Chaney, a 4 year resident of the community.
F.W.C has poured days of resources into catching the creature, so In Your Corner wanted to know if a cost had been calculated for the search.
"We don't have a cost figured out for that. Right now, our main focus is on finding the bear and capturing the bear," said FWC spokesperson Carli Segelson.
If and when Booboo is finally captured, owner Dexter Osborn could end up footing the bill if it is found that he did something wrong.
According to Florida statutes, FWC could go after Osborn for the cost of catching the bear if there is a criminal conviction. "We're going to concentrate on finding the bear.
Once we do that we'll be able to determine how the bear was able to escape and then we go from there. So at this point we haven't made a decision on that," Segelson said.