Waffles used to lure Florida bear from apartments

Bear relocated to less-populated area

Florida black bear. File photo.

FORT MYERS, Fla. - A black bear taking a stroll through a busy, urban section of one Florida city was lured to safety by a popular breakfast staple: waffles.

Florida wildlife officers said the yearling bear was spotted Monday morning near a Fort Myers apartment complex.

The Naples Daily News reports that a resident saw the wildlife officers place waffles in a container and then put it in a trap to lure the bear inside.

Unsurprisingly, the bear was trapped without incident soon after. It will be released in a less-populated area.

State officers relocated 87 bears in 2017. The agency euthanized 36 conflict bears-- animals causing a problem around people -- and relocated 50 nuisance bears in 2016.

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