Fugitive bear eludes police

Nov. 21, 2007 at 7:45 PM
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ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Three police patrol cars responded to a recent bear sighting in Orlando, Fla., but despite their prompt presence, the bruin remains on the lam.

After being spotted by a pair of witnesses in Orlando's College Park Monday, the bear managed to disappear without a trace as police converged on its last reported location, the Orlando Sentinel said Wednesday.

"It was like a crime-scene comedy," witness Mary-Slater Linn said. "They all pulled up and had their guns out, and were looking for a bear."

While police continued their search for the elusive animal, Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission representative Joy Hill has attempted to discourage any talk of a "problem bear."

"At this point, the bear doesn't need to be labeled a 'problem bear,'" she told the Sentinel. "It got into the area without getting into too much trouble and there's a good chance it'll be able to find its way out that way, as well."

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