Mounted polar bear seized by game wardens at Jones Airport

Posted at 9:46 PM, Aug 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-05 11:55:12-04

TULSA --Tulsa County Sheriff's Office and Tulsa County game warden rushed to the Jones Airport Thursday night to seize a mounted polar bear.

Officials say the bear is 6-feet tall and 4-feet wide. Tulsa County game warden Carlos Gomez says he tracked the stolen bear in a hangar at the Jones Airport.

Gomez says he had to ask Tulsa County Sheriff's Office for assistance to move it.

He says although polar bears are not endangered, they are considered threatened and you must have proper paper permits to have a mounted polar bear in the U.S. 

"The item was roughly mounted decades ago by a guy that has the proper paper work to bring it to Oklahoma. He brought it to Oklahoma and passed away. His heirs tried to track down where he stored the polar bear, when they tracked it down someone else has latched on to it and decided it was theirs." said Gomez.

Gomez says they know who owns the bear. He expects there will be criminal charges in the future.

Game wardens say the value of the display is more than $50,000.

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