When I tell people that I used to hang out with a bear in San Rafael when I was a kid in the 1970's, people usually roll their eyes at me. Anne Charles, my mother was the executive director of The Boyd Museum for a spell, before it became Marin Wildlife and now Wildcare of the Bay Area. The bear, "Teddy" didn't really like to appear to much, preferring to lay back in the far reaches of his cage. As a child, it seemed strange to me that a bear could be held captive in a suburb of San Francisco. As an adult, it seems even more preposterous. But those were the times. There is a picture of Teddy on the Wildcare website (click here), along with the photo caption below in quotes. I'm still trying to find more info and photos, which I will post later.
"Teddy was just a little bear when he came to Albert Park Lane in the 1960s, but already was too large and powerful to stay with the humans who had found him in the Sierras—and too unafraid of people to ever be released. A special enclosure was built for him, and he was well fed and well loved by visitors, but his daily caretakers always felt a certain sadness to see the caged boredom of his life. Teddy was a true ambassador, however. Since his time, strict regulations about keeping wildlife have been enacted to help prevent other wild animals from sharing a common fate."