‘Avoid the area:’ Bear still roaming in College Park

Animal is in area of Yale Street, Formosa Avenue

Bear in a tree in the College Park neighborhood of Orlando (Orlando Police Department)

ORLANDO, Fla. – A bear is hanging out in a tree in the College Park neighborhood of Orlando, and police are asking residents to avoid the area.

Orlando police posted on social media on Monday afternoon that, “Although the bear is cute, please do not approach.”

The juvenile bear can be seen in photos posted to social media hanging out in the tree in the Yale Street and Formosa Avenue area.

As of Tuesday, Orlando police said the bear was still roaming the College Park area and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is working to safely capture the bear.

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The FWC is asking that unless you are a resident of that neighborhood, to please avoid the area and bear with them until they can safely retrieve the animal.

“During this time of year, bears are more active,” the FWC said in a statement. “Juvenile bears are starting to leave their mother’s home range and may be seen in unexpected areas as they try to find a new home. Typically, these bears will move away on their own. If you see a bear, give it space, don’t try to approach it, and never feed it.”

The FWC advises to reduce conflicts with bears and other wildlife that residents should remove or secure all food from around your house and yard, including garbage, pet food and bird seed. Store garbage in a sturdy shed or garage and then put it out on the morning of pickup rather than the night before.

To learn more about bears and how to avoid conflicts with them, visit MyFWC.com/Bear or BearWise.org.

You can contact the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922) if you feel threatened by a bear; observe a sick, injured, dead or orphaned bear; or to report someone who is either harming bears or intentionally feeding them.

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Jacob joined ClickOrlando.com in 2022. He spent 19 years at the Orlando Sentinel, mostly as a photojournalist and video journalist, before joining Spectrum News 13 as a web editor and digital journalist in 2021.