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FWC removes dangerous bears from Lake Mary neighborhood

News Release

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Media contact: Greg Workman, 352-239-2763

Sunday evening, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) law enforcement officer shot a bear that exhibited dangerous behavior towards officers and staff on the scene of a recent bear attack.

The bear approached FWC biologists at close range and showed no fear of humans. An FWC officer yelled at the bear, but it did not retreat. Because of its behavior, the officer determined that the bear was dangerous, and he took the appropriate action.

Other bears in the area also appear to be highly habituated to people. Three that showed no fear of people were captured and put down.

FWC staff also observed two other bears in the area that ran away at the sight of humans. This is typical wild bear behavior, and no action was necessary with these bears.

The FWC has positioned several traps in the area and is reaching out to residents of this neighborhood to discuss actions they can take to avoid encounters with bears.

The FWC reminds residents in this area to be aware of their surroundings and always supervise pets and children while outdoors. The FWC relies on residents to report threatening bear behavior. Residents should contact the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922) to report any threatening bear activity.

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