Texas Zoo Locked Down After Bear Climbs Out Of Habitat

BROWNSVILLE (August 5, 2014) A black bear named Oscar was recaptured after climbing out of his habitat at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville and slipping into a pool meant for seals.

Zoo officials said security will be increased at the bear grotto after the young male bear briefly escaped Monday morning.

Nobody was hurt.

Until the 220-pound bear was rounded up, the zoo was locked down and visitors were moved to protected areas.

Authorities believe Oscar dug his claws into some cracks in the concrete wall of the bear exhibit to get out.

Staffers isolated Oscar in a process that took less than an hour.

Zoo director Pat Burchfield says the bear had to be tranquilized.

During the exhibit upgrade, the bear will be kept in the area where he spends nights.

He was captured in 2012 in Starr County,