Bear pays suprise visit to day care center

June 21, 2006 at 9:56 PM
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ORLANDO, Fla., June 21 (UPI) -- Conservation officials are keeping an eye on a bear who spent the afternoon hanging out in the backyard of an Apopka, Fla., day care center.

The bear spent Tuesday afternoon rummaging through garbage cans outside the Star Child Academy, while amused children watched from inside, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported.

It took about four hours before the 300 pound male bear decided to move on. The bear walked through the surrounding neighborhood on the border of Wekiwa Springs State Park, snacked on some dog food in a garage, and then disappeared into the woods, the newspaper said.

Orange County deputy sheriffs kept an eye on the bear while a biologist from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was called in.

"This is a bear that doesn't have a lot of fear," commission spokeswoman Joy Hill said. "We're probably going to try to keep an eye on this bear."

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