Whether it’s climbing trees or digging up backyards, residents of Taylor Terrace who spoke with Fox 4 Now WFTX said bear sightings are the norm.
Locals took a video of this bear going through trash behind a home in the town that’s situated between Fort Meyers and the Everglades.
“I saw two cubs and a mom and it got close to my house,” Don Ruiz told the news station.
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He said even though trash cans are brought inside at night, it hasn’t stopped a hungry, curious bear.
“We did but one day he jumped over the gate,” he said. “I came out and I was scared.”
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says that bears can smell food from a mile away, and the best way to avoid close encounters like this is to store trash in sheds or in bear-resistant containers.
Bears have re-occupied 45 percent of their historic Florida range, according to the FWC. Those who encounter a bear at close range should remain upright, back away slowly to a secure area, use a calm and assertive voice and avoid direct eye contact.
Anyone who sees a bear can contact the FWC’s Wildlife Alert hotline at 888-404-3922.