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Incident at Magnetic Hill Zoo: Wild bear breaks into the Zoo


September 30, 2013

MONCTON – The City of Moncton wishes to advise residents of an incident that occurred this morning at Magnetic Hill Zoo.
 
Sometime before dawn, a young wild bear entered the premises and attacked a Reeves Muntjac, also known as a ‘barking deer’.
 
Early this morning, zoo employees alerted the Department of Natural Resources and officers were immediately dispatched to the site. After assessing the situation, the DNR officers decided to put down the bear to avoid safety issues with other animals, zoo employees, visitors and nearby residents.
 
“This is an unfortunate situation. We lost one of our beloved Muntjacs,” said Bruce Dougan, General Manager of the Magnetic Hill Zoo. “We do find skunks and raccoons who find their way under or over our perimeter fence, but in my 24 years at the zoo, I have never seen a large wild animal enter the facility.”
 
Magnetic Hill Zoo is surrounded by a 7 ft. fence and all enclosures have been built following industry standards (Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums).
 
Zoo employees are currently investigating how the bear entered the facility.
 
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Media Contact:
 
Bruce Dougan
General Manager
Magnetic Hill Zoo
506-877-7719 / Bruce.dougan@moncton.ca