TAMPA — A 300-pound black bear captured by wildlife officials Friday is back at his home: the Ocala National Forest.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission released a photo Monday of the bear as it was released into the wild once more.
On Friday morning, a resident near Egypt Lake called deputies when he noticed the bear in his back yard. Within four hours, officials tranquilized him with two darts, hauled him into a container, and drove him back to the Ocala National Forest.
He was likely on the run searching for a mate, said commission spokesman Gary Morse.
It was the bear's second encounter with urban life. On June 8, he was captured in downtown Orlando.