Ricki the bear has new home

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A bear that was living in a small cage at a York County ice cream shop for 16 years has a new home. Ricki, a a female black bear, was an attraction at Jim Mack’s Cones and Clubs in Hellam Township. A lawsuit against James McDaniel calling for the bear’s release was filed near the end of December.

Ricki will now live out her days at a bear sanctuary in Colorado. In exchange for her release, the plaintiffs agreed to drop the lawsuit. Officials at the sanctuary said they will slowly introduce Ricki to other bears residing at the facility.

Ricki’s new habitat at the Wild Animal Sanctuary, located in Keenesburg, Colorado, features 15 acres of rolling grassland at the 720 acre sanctuary.

The lawsuit, filed by Carl Hittinger and Brian Saunders of BakerHostetler and attorney Brian LaManna, accused James H. McDaniel, Jr. of violating state regulations that require the humane care and treatment of wild animals and of posing a threat to public safety.

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