A couple of helpful hunters have e-mailed me in the past few days to let me know that there is something special about the Elder Ashenvale Bear — it’s exotic!
I swung by Ashenvale to take a peek for myself, and it’s true. Beast Lore says the bear is exotic and in order to tame one you must have the Beast Mastery talent.
Unfortunately, this also means that if you had previously tamed an Elder Ashenvale Bear you now have an exotic pet, like it or not! If you don’t have Beast Mastery you can stash your exotic bear in the stable, but if you aren’t level 60 yet you’ve got no way to get it out of the stable or to call it in order to abandon it.
I’m certain this is a bug: the Elder Ashenvale Bear still tames into ‘Bear’; it has no special skills; and its stats are the same as any other bear. Also, this problem popped up briefly on the PTR and beta realms. So now we just have to hope Blizzard can get it fixed quickly!