Black Bear Wanders Into Orlando Neighborhood

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ Wildlife officers were called to tranquilize a young male bear in an Orlando neighborhood.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologist David Turner says it’s usually best to wait for bears to leave backyards on their own.

But with so many residents around Sunday in Orlando’s Parramore neighborhood, wildlife officers thought it was best to tranquilize the bear and take it to the Ocala National Forest.

Biologists estimated that the American black bear was two to three years old and weighed about 250 pounds.

Turner tells the Orlando Sentinel ( ) that he was surprised to see a bear wander so deep into Orlando’s urban core.