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Safety Harbor isn’t the only Florida city dealing with a wandering bear

A bear also has been spotted in downtown Naples but it has eluded capture.
This black bear has been spotted in the Safety Harbor and Clearwater areas over the last week or so, police said.
This black bear has been spotted in the Safety Harbor and Clearwater areas over the last week or so, police said. [ Courtesy of the Clearwater Police Department via Twitter ]
Published Jun. 6, 2021|Updated Jun. 6, 2021

NAPLES — A black bear seen wandering in downtown Naples has eluded wildlife officials even as sightings of the animal continue.

Naples police say the bear was first spotted on Friday in the city. Several unsuccessful attempts were made to trap the bear in hopes of relocating the animal, the Naples Daily News reported Sunday.

Residents of the area continue to call authorities with bear sightings around the city in southwest Florida.

Authorities say the bear has not been aggressive and avoided interactions with people.

A black bear also has been spotted in Safety Harbor over the last week or so. Officials say they are not trying to trap that bear as they expect it will move into less populated areas.

Bears as young as 18 months can sometimes wander into populated areas while trying to establish independence from their mothers and searching for a new home, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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