Bear visits University of Central Florida's campus

By Ben Hooper  |  Oct. 13, 2017 at 8:59 AM
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Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Police at the University of Central Florida tweeted out a photo to warn students and faculty about a studious bear's visit to campus.

The UCF police posted a photo to Twitter on Thursday afternoon showing the bookish bruin strolling down a sidewalk near Knight's Plaza on the Orlando school's campus.

"Bears are typically quiet and shy, but they are wild animals," the police department said in a post on its website. "It is important to remain alert of your surroundings and to be aware of how to react should you see a bear. Never approach or surprise a bear, and do not feed or intentionally attract them."

"If you encounter a bear at close range, remain standing upright, back up slowly and speak to the bear in a calm, assertive voice. Make your presence known, but do not make any sudden or abrupt movements. Back slowly into a safe, indoor place, and be sure the bear has an obvious escape route.

Do not turn your back, play dead, climb or run. Also avoid direct eye contact, which can be viewed as aggressive."

The department said no one was injured during the bear's visit to campus and authorities are "not sure where it came from."

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