Black bear caught trying to break in to Idaho zoo

Posted at 10:58 AM, Jul 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-20 12:58:01-04

An eastern Idaho zoo reopened Tuesday after wildlife officials captured a wild black bear that somehow made it past a perimeter fence and climbed a large tree.

Officials with the city of Pocatello say wildlife officers with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game captured the bear and put on a collar and ear tag for tracking.

Zoo Idaho Director Peter Pruett says the bear climbed a Ponderosa tree and was about 50 feet off the ground at one point.

Pruett says the zoo already has two black bears and doesn’t need another.

Officials say the bear is likely a young male looking for new territory.