Bear found in North Fort Myers backyard
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CREATED Oct. 16, 2012 - UPDATED: Oct. 17, 2012
NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. – A bear spotted in the Sun Coast Estates area of North Fort Myers.
It kept those who lived nearby on edge for hours as wildlife experts tried to track it down. Someone saw the young bear near Bartholomew and Grady Drive just a couple of hours ago.
It was spotted at the end of Grady Drive in Sun Coast Estates. That's where there was a young black bear up in a tree.
Residents saw the bear earlier tonight rummaging through their trash. When people began taking notice of the bear, it climbed up a tree.
A Florida Fish and Wildlife officer responded to the call. He stayed on the scene for about an hour to keep an eye on the bear which was about 150 pounds.
The bear climbed down from the tree around 10:15pm and ran into the woods. Wildlife officers say bears in Collier County are coming to this county because they are looking for new territory.
Officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission tell FOX 4 News that our bear population is expanding. The most important thing according to FWC, is to not feed bears purposely or inadvertently.
The FWC says the biggest problem in Lee and Collier Counties are homeowners or businesses that don't secure their trash. That means hiding your trash until it's time for pick up. Also FWC notes their are programs that allow Floridians to get bear resistant trash containers