Fire officials working to get bear out of tree in Florida

Winter Haven Police Department photo


WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (WFLA) – Imagine looking out a window of your home and seeing a bear standing in your yard, looking at you.

That’s what happened to a Winter Haven resident who took some photos of the bear.

The bear has people living in the Winter Haven neighborhood on alert.

Winter Haven police say the bear was seen in the neighborhood around Drexel Avenue in Lake Elbert. Florida  Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers are monitoring the area.

They say the bear has not been aggressive.

If you see the bear, do not approach it, call 911 or FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 1-888-404-3922.

FWC says that bears are attracted to neighborhoods that allow access to food sources – such as garbage, pet food and birdseed – and will quickly learn to associate homes and businesses with getting an easy meal.

Bears that become too comfortable around people are more likely to be killed by collisions with vehicles, by someone takingan illegal action or by FWC to address a public safety risk. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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