Animal Welfare

Corinth Man Forgets First Rule of Keeping a Pet Bear

A yet to be named Corinth resident is facing charges for trying to keep a black bear as a pet.

The cub was found running around a neighborhood Thursday morning after an off-duty police officer spotted him. Corinth Police Lieutenant Jim Gregg told Star Local Media that the department believed the off-duty officer saw a large dog initially. The off-duty cop then told police that he'd seen feces in his yard that did not look like it was from a dog. When Corinth PD showed up, they saw the frolicking black bear.

Corinth cops were tipped to a potential bear in their suburb on Wednesday, when the department received a call from someone wanting to know if they could keep a bear as a pet. The call was transferred to the Denton County Sheriff's Office, but the caller hung up before giving up any contact details.

After the bear was discovered Thursday morning, police asked for public help in determining to whom the little ursine might belong. By Thursday afternoon, they'd found the house at which the bear was staying, but said they didn't find any other exotic wildlife.

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Stephen Young has written about Dallas news for the Observer since 2014. He's a Dallas native and a graduate of the University of North Texas.
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