Bear that escaped zoo had climbed trees with electric wires


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An inspection report says a young black bear that escaped its Ohio zoo enclosure by scaling a fence with electrified wires previously climbed trees wrapped with hot wires intended to jolt animals as a deterrent.

The Columbus Zoo says the exhibit wasn’t open to the public when the female cub scaled a 12.5-foot-high fence with an angled top and got into a viewing area on June 25. Visitors nearby were evacuated as the bear was corralled and sedated. No one was hurt.

A U.S. Department of Agriculture report says it happened as a zookeeper was watching how that cub and another were interacting inside their new enclosure. The trees inside it weren’t a way out, but staff already had twice added more hot wires to deter the cubs’ persistent climbing.