Bear lured down from tree in Florida neighborhood

By Daniel Uria
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May 23 (UPI) -- Wildlife officials lured a non-aggressive bear out of a tree after it spent an afternoon perched above a Florida neighborhood.

Winter Haven Police Department shared photos of the bear that made its way up the tree in Polk County on Monday afternoon.


"Wondering what the ruckus is all about around Lake Elbert?" Police said. "Winter Haven Officers and FWC are currently monitoring a bear that has made his way into the neighborhood around Drexel Ave. He has not been aggressive."

The bear was spooked into the tree after Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers responded to reports that it had been wandering around the neighborhood and sniffing around the bushes.

FWC officers set a trap containing donuts and honey in hopes of luring the bear back down from its perch.

The bear, which officers said was hungry, thirsty, tired and nervous from the attention, eventually took the bait and made its way down from the tree at around 10:30 p.m.

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