A black bear that had climbed up a tree in front of an east Tampa home has safely been removed.
A trapper tranquilized the bear, which eventually fell from the tree and was placed in a cage. According to Fish and Wildlife officials, the bear will be relocated to the Ocala National Forest.
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The bear was first spotted in the area of East Linebaugh Avenue and North 46th Street near Adventure Island.
“I wasn’t worried in the beginning," said Amos Brown, a neighbor. "I assumed he’s just from Busch Gardens, he’s a teenage bear, no problem but then when my wife started talking about the Cincinnati Zoo gorilla, mentioning the Disney resort alligator- now she has my heart pumping.”
An officer responding to another call spotted the animal roaming the neighborhood around 5:30 a.m. He initially couldn't determine if the animal was a bear or a large dog.
He quickly determined the 6-foot-long animal was a bear and followed it in the neighborhood.
Eventually, the bear was spotted in a backyard and several officers responded. The bear became scared and climbed up about 15 feet in a tree in the front yard of a home at 4213 Linebaugh Ave.
Fish and Wildlife officials responded, along with Tampa police.