Meanwhile, conservation officials are investigating how the bear was allowed contact with humans in the first place, in apparent violation of state law.
"After that we'll evaluate where he belongs, either here at the zoo or at some other zoo that might want him," Gallagher said.
Boo Boo was part of a rural
Boo Boo playfully bit and clawed some of the students who held him. The university's director of
The original plan was to euthanize the bear — an animal has to be dead before it can be tested for the deadly disease. By Friday afternoon, the
Gallagher said the bear will be checked for parasites, will have extensive blood work and other health tests, and will be supervised by a nutritionist.
"Basically we'll be giving him the proper nutrition, the proper care," Gallagher said.
"The law does not allow human contact other than handlers if they have a permit," Yamanitz said. He cited state statutes and
"We have an open investigation to determine how the bear ended up where it was," Yamnitz said.
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