Bear at Disney’s Magic Kingdom captured, Florida officials say

Bear was spotted Monday in a tree near Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

ORLANDO, Fla. – A Disney vacation is over for a bear that was in a tree Monday morning at a Walt Disney World park.

The bear was spotted in a tree near Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Frontierland of Magic Kingdom, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Disney closed attractions in three Magic Kingdom “lands” because of the bear: Frontierland, Liberty Square and Adventureland.

FWC biologists believe the bear was likely moving through the area looking for food, since this time of year bears normally pack on fat reserves for the winter.

FWC says usually the best practice is to give the bear space and time to move along on their own. However, FWC staff have captured the bear and are taking it out of the park, to an area in or around the Ocala National Forest.

Disney officials announced around 1 p.m. that they reopened Frontierland, Liberty Square and Adventureland.

On Tuesday, FWC officials released a video showing bear management staff releasing the animal into the Ocala National Forest.

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