Bear Spotted in Micanopy
Published June 23rd, 2014
Micanopy, FL -- There's growing evidence that at least one bear is getting uncomfortably close to a North Central Florida community.
A bear sighting on Wacahoota Road near Barr Hammock Preserve has some residents worried. Officials from Florida Fish and Wildlife said they received a report of the bear just last week.
After three Seminole County residents were arrested over the weekend for feeding the bear that mauled a woman in April, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation officials are warning North Central Florida residents not to feed bears.
If residents come in contact with a bear, officials urge residents not to run from the bear.
"Make as much noise as you possibly can, blow an air horn at the bear, bang pots and pans together, blow your horn in the car, what you want to do is make sure the bear understands that being around people is an unpleasant experience," said Karen Parker, Public Information Coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
FWC officials also want people living in natural bear habitats like Micanopy to put anything away that could lure bears in - things like grills, garbage cans and bird feeders.
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