Bear wanders through Altamonte Springs neighborhood

Homeowners worry about bear roaming neighborhood

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. - It was quite a surprise for people in an Altamonte Springs neighborhood after they found a bear in the tree outside their homes Wednesday morning.

The bear was first spotted around 5 a.m. in a tree on Champion Avenue, off State Road 434 near Wekiva Springs Lane.

Homeowners said the bear climbed a tree after getting spooked by barking dogs.

"I looked out the window and this bear just started walking across my front yard and surprised the heck out of me. It's not something you plan on seeing over your morning coffee," Debbie Wheeler said Wednesday.

Wheeler said it's common to see bears wandering around her neighborhood at night, but never in the morning when children are headed to the bus stop nearby.

"That was our major concern. We were calling everybody, 'Don't let your kids go outside because there is a bear out there,'" Wheeler said.

Wheeler hopes the surprise visitor finds its way back home soon.

"I'm hoping he comes down and goes home and stays out of my yard," Wheeler said.

Flordia Fish and Wildlife and the Sheriff's deputies were called out to check on the bear. They said the bear is not posing a threat and will not be relocating him.

To keep bears out of your neighborhoods remember to keep your trash secure and feed your pets inside.

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