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Black bear caught on camera walking near downtown Fort Myers

By WFTX digital team, Ella Rhoades

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (WFTX) – Fort Myers police told people to avoid an area near City of Palms Park Monday morning due to a black bear.

The bear was located in a fenced area near Broadway and Victoria Avenue. Police called in Florida Fish and Wildlife and FWC officers tried for several hours to lure the bear into a cage, but were unsuccessful.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Officer Adam Brown said, “Ultimately we could tell from the atmosphere here, with a lot of noise and a lot of stress added to that bear, that he didn’t seem interested in eating at all, and we decided it was probably best to take action.” to undertake.”

Mickey Rosado woke up and saw his company on the news. Not burglary or robbery, just burglary.

The 350-pound male Florida black bear made its way behind Rosado’s fence at Appliances To Go USA.

“I’m glad it was here in my yard and not somewhere else that something good happened,” Rosado said.

FWC eventually tranquilized it so they could carry it off the property.

“When you’re in Florida, you just don’t know what you’re going to get. One day it has something to do with boats, and then you’re out in the woods dealing with wildlife,” Brown said.

It’s not the first time a bear has found its way downtown. FWC said something similar happened a few years ago.

“A bear is a bear. You know. While they may be timid or boring, they can also be harmful,” Rosado said.

He’s just glad everyone is safe.

He added, “There are a lot of people who come here in town and walk to the courthouse. It could be a harmful situation.”

FWC said they will relocate the bear outside of Lee County to state property.

They said to be careful at this time of year as animals become more active.

Police posted a photo of the bear on Facebook shortly after someone spotted it early Monday morning.

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