Man Sneaks Into Grizzly Bear Exhibit

Authorities say a man sneaked into the grizzly bear exhibit at the San Francisco Zoo.

And yes, the bears were home.

Lucky for the man, a zoo patron alerted staff, and they responded immediately.

Staffers fired a warning shot to keep the bears away from the man, before securing them inside their dens.

A zoo official said that the man was conscious but unresponsive when he was rescued, and that he didn't show any apparent signs of injury.

He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital for evaluation.

The man was not identified, but officals say that he was arrested.

The zoo made headlines back in 2007 when a Siberian tiger scaled a wall and killed a 17-year-old man.

Following the incident, the zoo overhauled its safety procedures.

It is not clear how the man got inside the enclosure, or what prompted him.


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  • by Anonymous on Sep 27, 2009 at 05:29 PM
    Try not to be too mean. Pretty sure this guy has some mental issues. No one in their right mind would do that.
  • by Bob Location: Belhaven on Sep 27, 2009 at 12:31 PM
    If he intentionally went into the bear exhibit, then he is an idiot! He is also very lucky! Can You say sucide by Bear!
  • by c on Sep 27, 2009 at 11:13 AM
    Can you say STUPID!! Some people are just natural born idiots!! Using our tax dollars to rescue his tale and tax dollars again to incarcerate him. What a waste.
  • by Moma Location: NC on Sep 27, 2009 at 10:16 AM
    If this man snuck in and did not fall in, why was he unconscience? Maybe he was faking dead for the bears so they would not hurt him. Weird.
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