Creek County Woman Owner Of Two Black Bears - News9.com - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports |

News

Creek County Woman Owner Of Two Black Bears

Posted: Updated:
When Wanda Foster was at a livestock sale in Missouri she bought herself a very interesting animal. Now, 24 years later, her Creek County farm is still home to two black bears, Ben and Molly. When Wanda Foster was at a livestock sale in Missouri she bought herself a very interesting animal. Now, 24 years later, her Creek County farm is still home to two black bears, Ben and Molly.
Wanda Foster said she believes she's the only licensed bear breeder in Oklahoma. Wanda Foster said she believes she's the only licensed bear breeder in Oklahoma.
CREEK COUNTY, Oklahoma -

When Wanda Foster was at a livestock sale in Missouri she bought herself a very interesting animal. Now, 24 years later, her Creek County farm is still home to two black bears, Ben and Molly.

My first question to Foster was how'd you get two bears?

"They brought a little bear out, I couldn't resist," she said. "I bought it, I didn't know the first thing about bears. I've learned a lot."

Foster used to own a farm in Silver City in Creek County. She sold it about a year ago, but continues to keep her two bears there.

One thing she learned is the female she bought needed a male partner. So she bought another one; she named them Molly and Ben. Over the years they've had 35 cubs, she's placed them all over the country.

When we got there, Ben was up and around while Molly was asleep in their cave.

"Here Rick I'll show you how to feed a bear candy," she said.

That's something else she's learned, bears love those little peppermint candies. We were tossing peppermints over the fence to try to get Molly to come out, and eventually she did.

Ethen Herrington, one of our spring interns came along, he was curious about the bears. What he learned, is black bears will eat peppermints as long as you will feed them to them.

When asked what they really eat, Foster said, "Dog food, and fruits and vegetables, never any meat, they've never had meat."

The bears weren't Foster's first experience with exotic animals.

"When I first got the bears I had llamas, wallabies, potbellied pigs," she said.

As well as raccoons, deer and a zebra, but Foster said the bears are her favorite.

You have to have special permits to have bears in Oklahoma. Foster said she has them, and she said she believes she's the only licensed bear breeder in Oklahoma.

Special Features

Community Calendar

Find out what's going on around town and submit events!

Share

See it! Shoot it! Send it! Share your weather pics and videos with NewsOn6.com!

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

Mobile Alerts

Get breaking news, headlines, weather alerts & more on your cell phone.

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Special Coverage

  • Bridge Tracker

    How safe are Oklahoma's bridges? Use Bridge Tracker to find out now.

  • Cold Case

    Join Lori and local homicide detectives as they search for Cold Case clues.

  • Crime Tracker

    Find out what crimes are committed in your area with Crime Tracker.

  • Fallen Heroes

    News On 6 honors our fallen Oklahoma heroes. View our interactive timeline.

  • Murrah Bombing Timeline

    Learn more about the events leading up to and following the bombing.

  • Storm Zone

    Watch tornadoes tear across Oklahoma and learn how to stay safe!

  • Turnpike Timelines

    View a historical road map of Oklahoma's turnpike system.

Powered by WorldNow
News 9
7401 N. Kelley Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
OKLAHOMA CITY'S OWN TM
Oklahoma's Own News9.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state including Oklahoma City's Own.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014, WorldNow and KWTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.