- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 21, 2016

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Police officers have spotted a black bear that’s been running loose in a Florida neighborhood.

Tampa police said in a news release that an officer spotted the bear while responding to an unrelated call in a quiet, residential neighborhood about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday. At first, the officer thought it was a large dog. But when he realized it was a bear, he followed it.

Eventually, he saw the bear had climbed a tree in the back yard of a home.

Police and officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission cordoned off the area and a trapper is waiting to tranquilize the animal.

Police say no one is in danger in the neighborhood, which is near Adventure Island, a water park across the street from Busch Gardens.



The bear will be returned to its natural habitat.

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