Man charged in Oklahoma mounted polar bear case, bear killed in Alaska in 1969

    Game wardens confiscated the stuffed bear from the Jones Riverside Airport in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Aug. 4. The bear was legally hunted in 1969 in Alaska, and then brought to Oklahoma.

    (AP) — A businessman accused of illegally storing a mounted polar bear at an Oklahoma airport hangar has been charged.

    The Tulsa World reports that 61-year-old Bryan Adair was charged Thursday with larceny of lost property, possession of an endangered species and possession of prohibited wildlife.

    Game wardens confiscated the stuffed bear from the Jones Riverside Airport in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Aug. 4. The bear was legally hunted in 1969 in Alaska, and then taken to Oklahoma.

    The hunter died decades ago, and the bear was stored in his brother's airport hangar.

    Oklahoma state Game Warden Carlos Gomez says the bear ended up in Adair's hangar. A criminal filing alleges that Adair stole and carried away the polar bear without the consent of the hunter's wife, Nancy Gilstrap Barber.

    Gomez says Adair refused to return the display unless Barber paid him $7,500 in storage fees.

    An arrest warrant has been filed for Adair. It's not immediately clear if he has an attorney.

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