Bear spotted in Wekiva Springs

How to keep bears away? Don't leave food outside


LONGWOOD, Fla. – Joel Greenberg had just gotten home from his job as a sports radio host when his buddy alerted him to something roaming around their condo near Wekiva Springs.

"I wasn't expecting to see what looked like a 400, 500 pound bear," said Greenberg. "It was big. Really big."

Greenberg pulled out his cell phone and recorded video of the bear, which he says was eating food a neighbor intentionally leaves outside to feed stray cats.

In the video, a man is seen walking his dog as the bear scampers by just feet away.

"Who knows what would have happened if I hadn't warned him," said Greenberg. "That bear came flying around the corner. He's walking his dog. Next thing you know, it could have been a bad situation."

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission typically does not get involved when bears are seen near the Wekiva area unless it appears the bear might become aggressive towards humans. The FWC warns people living near the state park to avoid leaving food outside or intentionally feeding the bears.