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Pictured are Yogi and Boo Boo. FWC is searching for Boo Boo.
GOLDEN GATE ESTATES, Fla. (WBBH) -- The Collier County Sheriff's Office and Florida Fish and Wildlife are searching for a grizzly bear cub that escaped from a home in Golden Gate Estates Tuesday morning.
The 125-pound, two-year-old cub, named Boo-Boo, ran away from a 4670 43rd Avenue North around 11 a.m., according to deputies.
They ask area residents to keep watch for the cub - but DO NOT approach it. Also, don't run.
Wildlife officers say anyone who may encounter the cub should clap their hands and say, "Bear go home." The cub, which was raised in captivity, will likely run away, according to deputies.
Also, all residents are advised to secure trash cans in their garage or enclosed area to make sure the bear doesn't go looking there for a meal.
FWC officials set a trap overnight and spent Wednesday morning reassessing their strategy on how to find the bear.
"If he hears a loud noise, there are concerns he may bed down a little bit further and we may not see him. So we're going to spread out a little further, add traps possibly for the night, some game cameras," says Capt. Mitts Mravic with FWC.
FWC does not believe the bear is aggressive or a threat. However, anyone who sees the cub is asked to contact the Collier County Sheriff's Office at 252-9300, or call the FWCC Wildlife Alert hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922).
It is legal to own a grizzly bear in Florida, as long as you have the proper permits.
The bear is licensed to Dexter Osborn, 27, and his company, "A Grizzly Experience" at 4670 43rd Avenue North.
The company is licensed for three grizzly bears and one alligator.
During the facility's last inspection, which happened in March, a '30-day Warning' was issued for the lack of a proper perimeter fence for the alligator.
It was their second 30-day warning, because the first was issued in October 2011, when they were traveling the country exhibiting the bears, according to FWC.
The enclosure the grizzlies were kept in met state standards, according to the FWC report, and the animals appeared to be healthy and well-fed.