UPDATE: Oswald's bear dies after escaping enclosure during power failure; PETA responds
Oswald's Bear Ranch has released details on the death of a juvenile bear.
The bear ranch said "with a heavy heart," that Sophie, one of their juvenile bears, has died.
Inspectors from the U.S. Department of Agriculture determined a severe storm that knocked out the power to the juvenile bear habitat, which then allowed the inquisitive, young bear to scale the enclosure's fences.
Sophie wandered through the woods, foraging for food, and ended up in the yard of a nearby neighbor, who alerted authorities.
According to Oswald's release, "The officer that arrived on scene was unaware that the bear was habituated and not afraid of people. As Sophie approached, the officer euthanized her."
The USDA investigated the incident and determined it was an isolated occurrence.
Oswald's Bear Ranch said it's installed a new back-up power system to prevent anything like this happening again.
To check out a video of the transfer of Sassy, Sophie and Ashley to the Waterfall Habitat in 2018,
PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Brittany Peet issued the following statement on the death of Sophie:
PETA also said the company's "motto reads, in part, that 'animals are not ours to use for entertainment,' and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview—also notes that the USDA's own Office of the Inspector General has repeatedly condemned the agency for its ineffective enforcement of the federal Animal Welfare Act, so the agency's failure to take action in response to this bear's death comes as no surprise."