Black Bear Rescued From Indiana Flood Waters

By Jake Perrone - 21Alive
By Rachel Martin - 21Alive

December 22, 2013 Updated Dec 23, 2013 at 12:41 AM EDT

FAIRLAND, Ind. (21Alive) – People weren't the only ones stranded by this weekend's floods. Indiana conservation officers were called to help rescue a black bear in Fairland.

Indiana conservation officers say the bear was left behind in its cage by its owner in Shelby County who evacuated due to the flooding.

When conservation officers arrived, the 500 lbs. bear was in about 4 ft. of water in its 10 ft. by 12 ft. cage.

Officers entered the bear's cage and created an elevated platform for the bear to be above water.

Indiana law allows residents to own black bears if they have obtained a permit through the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

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