Bear cub kept as pet euthanized
A Frostburg man faces charges of possessing a live black bear after Maryland Natural Resources Police found a 20-pound cub in his home.
Sgt. Art Windemuth says 34-year-old Dwayne Lee Ritchey has acknowledged taking the animal home after he and his 19-year-old stepson found it in the Savage River State Forest.
Court records show that a summons charging Ritchey was issued June 17. Windemuth says the offense carries a fine of up to $1,000.
He says the Department of Natural Resources euthanized the bear to test it for rabies because it had scratched and bitten some people in the home. Windemuth says the rabies tests were negative.
Information from: Cumberland (Md.) Times-News, http://www.times-news.com/timesnew.html
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