Black bear in tree in residential area removed

A black bear that had climbed a tree in an Immokalee neighborhood was captured Monday morning after an hour-long standoff with onlookers.

A black bear that had climbed a tree in an Immokalee neighborhood was captured Monday morning after an hour-long standoff with onlookers.

A black bear that had climbed a tree in an Immokalee neighborhood was captured Monday morning after an hour-long standoff with onlookers.

A state biologist shot the bear with a tranquilizer dart as it climbed down from its perch some 40 feet up in a java plum tree in a back yard in the 200 block of North Fifth Street.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission loaded the sedated bear in the bed of a pickup truck and took it to preserve land in the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed, or CREW, where it was released.

The same bear, a young male establishing its own territory, had been captured in Immokalee last November, FWC biologist Tad Bartareau said. Last year, it weighed 150 pounds. On Monday, it weighed 225 pounds.

People should secure food attractants, like garbage, to prevent wildlife interactions, especially at this time of year when bears are eating as much as they can before their winter dormancy period, he said.

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