Ben the Bear finds new home in California
Posted August 14, 2012
Fayetteville, N.C. — A bear that was held captive for years in Cumberland County is now at his new home on the West coast.
Ben the Bear arrived at a bear sanctuary in California via FedEx.
The 550-pound bear had been living in a cage at Jambbas Ranch in Fayetteville since 2006. The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, however, alleged that Ben's living conditions were cruel.
Earlier this year, celebrity PETA activist Bob Barker, former host of "The Price is Right," wrote a letter to the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners calling the bear's treatment "miserable and unnatural."
A judge ruled ranch owner James Bass II violated state animal cruelty laws by not providing appropriate care. The judge granted temporary custody to two people fighting to free the bear.