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2009-01-27 22:28:55
When I first saw the pic I thought it was from N.A.M.B.L.A. You know, the North American Man BEAR Love Assoc.
2009-01-27 21:51:05
A very noble effort on the part of Mr. Warwick BUT...it could have ended in a tragedy. A 375 lb black bear is a very formidable animal with very powerful jaws and claws even while partially sedated.
2009-01-27 14:24:08
June 30, 2008 A 375-pound male black bear with a penchant for beachfront browsing was on dry land Saturday after a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologist pulled the tranquilized animal from Gulf of Mexico waters in Florida’s Panhandle. “I wasn’t sure what I was going to do when I jumped in,” said biologist Adam Warwick, who saw the bear struggling in the warm Gulf waters after it had been hit with a tranquilizer dart. “It was a spur of the moment decision,” he said. “I had a lot of adrenaline pumping when I saw the bear in the water.” The bear was roaming through a residential area Tuesday on Alligator Point, a neighborhood of about 100 homes on a small peninsula about 40 miles south of Tallahassee. . FWC officials responded to reports of a bear in the area and found the animal underneath a beachfront home. Their plan was to move it to a remote location, back in the wild. The tranquilizer dart took longer than expected to work, and Warwick said the animal bolted into the Gulf in an effort to escape. Warwick was worried the bear was already showing the effects of the immobilizing drug and that the bear couldn’t swim the four miles to land. “At that point, I decided to go in after the bear,” Warwick said. “I wanted to keep him from swimming into deeper water.” The animal was about 25 yards from shore when he jumped into the water.