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Can I have a pet black bear?

Last Updated: 11th January, 2020

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Ownership of bears in captivity is illegal in most countries, there are some exceptions, but most of them require special permits and exotic animal licenses to keep them in captivity. Remember, the fact that it might be 'legal' for you to keep a pet bear doesn't mean you can just buy one out of the blue!

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Similarly, you may ask, can you domesticate a black bear?

But bears grow up and they are non-domesticated. Their nature is wild and in time they can become dangerous. The best thing to do is to give it to a proper animal shelter. But bears grow up and they are non-domesticated.

Subsequently, question is, where can I legally own a bear? The six U.S. states that have no restrictions on keeping large cats, primates and bears include Nevada, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina. Other states allow primates but not bears and tigers, such as Virginia and Tennessee.

Additionally, can you raise a bear as a pet?

You cannot have a bear as a pet. Wild animals in general, but bears in particular, along with big cats, are sweet, affectiinate and cuddly as babies, but become WAY TOO BIG to handle starting in their adolescence! They will eventually, invariably “turn” on the humans who raise them.

How much does a real bear cost?

On average, a bear cub can be bought for 50,000-100,000 rubles ($700-1500). A bear is considered grown-up when it weighs 100 kg or more. These animals are cheaper, with prices starting from $200.

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