FORT MYERS (CBSMiami/AP) — Wildlife officials spent hours trying to remove a young black bear from the grounds of a Fort Myers school.READ MORE: Vigil Held For UPS Driver Frank Ordonez, Killed Two Years Ago In Miramar During Police Shootout
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officer Stuart Spoede said the 260-pound bear had been spotted near Three Oaks Elementary School in Fort Myers last week and then returned early Wednesday.
Officials say the school was placed on a modified lock down with limited foot traffic as officers corralled the bear up a short tree, shot him with a tranquilizer dart and caught him in a tarp. That took them more than 8 hours.READ MORE: Miami-Dade Schools Police Investigating Threats, Student Arrested
Spoede said the animal hasn’t previously been tagged as a “nuisance bear,” so he’ll be relocated rather than euthanized.
No injuries were reported.MORE NEWS: Miami Dade College To Host Wake For Congresswoman Carrie Meek
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