Bear fatally shot after escape, attack on Florida zookeeper

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The Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Officials say a bear escaped an exhibit at a Florida zoo and attacked a zookeeper before being fatally shot by workers.

The escape in a behind-the-scenes area happened just after 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.

An emergency call was initiated when the bear escaped and the zoo’s lethal weapons crew responded.

The zookeeper was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

The bear was identified as Jonny, a 5-year-old North American black bear.

Zoo officials say their highest priority is always the safety of human lives. An investigation will be conducted.

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12/22/2022 8:07:16 AM (GMT -6:00)

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