We often get photographs and tips from our Bungalower readers of things that are happening around town, so we have started featuring them on the site in a series called “Eyes on the Street,” in honor of our favorite urbanist Jane Jacobs.
3 p.m. UPDATE: The bear has been treed in College Park and OPD is on the scene awaiting the arrival of Florida Fish and Wildlife to trap it and remove it.
A young black bear was spotted early Monday morning darting its way through a residential neighborhood in Orlando this morning, by a befuddled Bungalower reader who probably hadn’t had their coffee yet.
The high-tailing bear was seen climbing fences and galloping up the street away from all of the activity of an awakening Audubon Park near Leu Gardens, more specifically by the Georgia/Utah Boulevard loop.
The bear was then spotted by another Bungalower reader further west in Ivanhoe Village cutting through Lake Highland Park.
Next up was Lake Ivanhoe just up the block, where a reader spotted the bear taking a little break by the water before getting spooked by a Community Service Officer flanking it on the pedestrian trail.
Black bears are native to Florida and a natural part of living here, though they could be highly stressed if they accidentally wander into urban neighborhoods. The best way to stay safe when watching any wildlife, including bears, is to give them space.
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