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Bear smashes through fence in Oviedo neighborhood

Residents in Tuska Ridge neighborhood on edge after seeing bear

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OVIEDO, Fla. – The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will visit Oviedo on Monday after a large bear was spotted roaming a neighborhood.

It's not known if wildlife officials will attempt to trap the estimated 300-pound bear.

Surveillance video captured the bear Friday night roaming through the Tuska Ridge neighborhood off Red Bug Lake Road.

"I just flipped out," said Leslie Whalley.

Whalley showed Local 6 her damaged fence and said she thought she was watching a burglar trying to break into her home.

"I thought somebody had a sledge hammer and was knocking on the fence, and I just saw pieces flying everywhere," said Whalley.

Whalley called 911 and her neighbors for help, only to see a bear walk across the yard. She said the bear might have come from a major road, scaled a back brick wall and tried getting out, breaking her fence and a neighbor's gate in the process.

That's when another neighbor's security camera captured the bear roaming down the street.

"I couldn't believe how he was just nonchalantly just strolling down the sidewalk like he owned our cul de sac," said Tom Marchetto.

Marchetto, who lives a few doors down, said he's never seen a bear in his neighborhood and is concerned for his children's safety.

"They're playing out here every day, a lot of time until dark and I mean the last thing you're thinking is that there's a 300-pound bear coming through your cul de sac," said Marchetto.

"We play football, skateboard, baseball, everything, so it's kind of weird that we can't do it right now," said Blake Marchetto, 7.

Video also showed a deputy driving down the street just moments before the bear pops up, going the opposite direction and getting away scot-free.

Neighbors are now on edge.

"We don't know if he's still around here in close proximity. I don't know if he's been caught yet, so yeah, we're definitely going to be on alert," said Tom Marchetto.


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