COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- The FWC announced today it is requesting $5,819.39 in restitution from the Collier County captive wildlife facility, "A Grizzly Experience," after a three-day hunt for an escaped bear from their facility.
The charges the owner of the facility is facing are allowing captive wildlife to escape and improper caging requirements.
FWC said Dexter Osborn did not secure the first gate to the double door entrance before he opened the primary cage. Osborn has a permanent perimeter fence around his primary cage on the back and sides, but has a mobile perimeter fence for the front 24-foot section. He moves this section from time to time to move equipment and for their travel trailers, as well as making a training area. When they are out of town exhibiting the bears the fence is rolled up. When they get back in town, they usually have it back in place depending on bear location and training and equipment. At the time of the escape, the mobile perimeter fencing was not in place.
According to FWC, if found guilty, the owner of the facility will be asked to pay for the cost involved with the search for the bear. A judge would have to determine if the owner is guilty or not.