Booboo has been reunited with Yogi, his brother.
The 125-pound grizzly bear cub is back home after roaming Golden Gate Estates for three days.
The pet grizzly escaped Tuesday morning from its licensed owners, Dexter and Megan Osborn, at their Golden Gate Estates home on 4000 block of 43rd Ave. N.E.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers caught Booboo Friday morning, 2.3 miles from home. They received a tip from a citizen on 29th Avenue Northwest Thursday evening and set up a perimeter and a plan.
And Yogi was part of the plan.
FWC officials had Booboo’s owners bring Yogi in a cage. They hoped his brother’s cries would draw Booboo from a woods, said Capt. Mitts Mravic.
After staking out the area all night with no luck, they located Booboo after sunrise. A biologist tranquilized the bear and he has been returned home.
The bear looked good considering he spent three days in unfamiliar territory and was in good health according to his owner, Mravic said.
“We’re very happy that we located the bear and will be able to return it safely to its home,” Mravic said.
The Osborns, who tour the country with an educational bear show called “A Grizzly Experience,” own three grizzlies — an adult bear named Tonk and the two cubs. All three of the Osborns’ bears are kept on a 2-acre habitat on the couple’s 8-acre ranch, according to the Grizzly Experience website.
The Osborns said they would speak to the media today about Booboo’s return.
FWC is still investigating the cause of the escape to determine what actions will be taken to ensure this does not happen again as well as any costs associated with the response. FWC investigators will work with the local prosecutor to see if charges apply.