Ind. conservation officers aid bear in floodwaters

FAIRLAND, Ind. - Indiana conservation officers who spent the weekend responding to numerous calls about people stranded by floodwaters were also called on to help a black bear.

Conservation officers were asked Sunday morning to check on a black bear left behind in its cage in Shelby County's Fairland area when flooding drove its owner from his home.

They found the 500-pound bear in about four feet of water within its 10-foot by 12-foot enclosure.

Conservation officers ruled out tranquilizing the bear, but they entered the bear's cage and created an elevated platform that allows the bear to get above the floodwaters.

Indiana law allows residents to possess black bears if they've obtained a permit from the Department of Natural Resources. The owner of the Shelby County bear had that required permit.

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