Family celebrates Fourth of July by capturing black bear - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Justin Hanson

Family celebrates Fourth of July by capturing black bear

The bear, shortly before it was captured. (Courtesy Leslea Brant) The bear, shortly before it was captured. (Courtesy Leslea Brant)

It was a Fourth of July weekend the Brant family of Southaven, Mississippi will never forget.

The Brants said they were cruising their farm Friday when they spotted a bear hiding in the woods near their home. The black bear was spotted hiding in the trees. 

"I was going to the barn on the 4 wheeler and I was driving down the straightaway and I looked over into the pasture and it was there," said 15-year-old Kelsey Brant, who was the first to spot the bear.

At first, Kelsey wasn't even sure what she saw.

"I either saw a big monkey or I just saw a bear," she said.

Kelsey immediately ran to her mom, Leslea, who then called police for help.

"About a minute later, my husband called and said, 'Hey it's here.' So I called them back and said don't send one officer, send them all," Leslea said.

The Brant's vet was also called to the farm. He tranquilized the bear, and she fell from the tree unharmed. 

"She ended up catching on some vines, so it made her fall...it was just perfect," Leslea said.

The family's horses stayed in one corner of their pasture during the ordeal, staring at the bear in amazement.  The Brant's believe their electric fence prevented the bear from running away.

"Big horses will touch it just one time, and she stayed here about four days before we realized what was going on," Leslea said.

Even after a short time, the horses and bear seemed to like each other.

"They were within 20 feet of her, and I guess they said, 'Well, we board horses and bears,'" Brant said.

Once officials removed the bear from the woods, they put it in one of the Brant's trailers, and released it into the wild in the Mississippi Delta.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW A SLIDESHOW OF PICTURES LESLEA BRANT TOOK OF THE BEAR.


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