COLLIER COUNTY, FL - Meet Tonk, Yogi, and Boo Boo. Three Grizzly bears that belong to Dexter Osborn for his business, "A Grizzly Experience." According to his website, the bears are used in movies and to raise awareness.
"This permit holder has been licensed, his cages are normally inspected with FWC and have been in compliance last year, been inspected twice and we know that they were in compliance at that time," said FWC Captain Mittz Mravic.
But on Tuesday morning, Boo Boo somehow got out of the cage and has been missing ever since.
"It's a very gentle bear however it is a bear and anytime things can change, and thats what we want the public to be cautioned," said Captain Mravic.
Florida Fish and Wildlife said a bear is considered Class I Wildlife. There's a long list of rules that go with owning this type of animal. For example, no animal can be possessed for personal use, the animal's facility must be built on at least five acres of land, and the fenced in cage has to be at least eight feet high. But that's only scratching the surface.
"You do at times wonder what the bear really feels, not feels, but how they're kept you know, are they being treated humanely, so that's always the concern," said Mravic.
Neighbors like Neil Borter said he's not concerned with the animals living near by.
"As long as there's no laws being broken i don't mind," said Borter.