Bear hides tree after raiding Florida sheriff’s office

A hungry black bear was caught prowling the grounds of a Florida police department.

The incident happened Monday night in Stuart at the Martin County Sheriff’s Office. The furry intruder entered the grounds of the sheriff’s office before climbing a tree.

The Sheriff’s Office said in a statement released shortly before 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, “The Martin County Sheriff’s Office brought an unexpected guest to our office this evening.”

A hungry black bear was caught in the act prowling around the grounds of the Martin County Sheriff’s Office in Stuart, Florida on the night of Monday, June 20, 2022.
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They added: ‘The bear made its way through the car park and camped in a tree for a bit near our investigations division.

They also said the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) “has been notified and has taken control of the situation.”

But – knowing clearly that the game was over – the bear ran away.

The sheriff’s office also said, “There has recently been an increase in bear sightings in our area.

“FWC urges everyone to take a moment and learn a little more about what to do if you see a bear.”

They added: “One of the most important things you can do to keep a bear out is to secure your bins.”

Bear at the Florida Sheriff's Office
A hungry black bear was caught in the act prowling around the grounds of the Martin County Sheriff’s Office in Stuart, Florida on the night of Monday, June 20, 2022.
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The FWC states on its website that while “seeing a black bear is an exciting and rewarding experience”, people who break the rules “could be breaking the law and endangering both your own safety and that of the animal.” bear”.

The FWC warns: “Bears are driven by their need to eat and with a sense of smell that can detect scents over a mile away, problems arise when bears access food sources such as food. for pets, garbage, barbecues, birdseed or even livestock feed.”

They added: “Once bears have lost their natural fear of people, often due to access to food attractants, there is often little hope of driving the bear wild again.

“These habituated and food-conditioned bears are often killed, either by collisions with vehicles, illegal shooting, or as a result of bear management actions to ensure community safety.”

Bear at the Florida Sheriff's Office
A hungry black bear was caught in the act prowling around the grounds of the Martin County Sheriff’s Office in Stuart, Florida on the night of Monday, June 20, 2022.
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The FWC said people should try to scare away bears attacking properties. “You want to let the bear know it’s not welcome in your yard, so from a safe place, scare it away by shouting, banging on pots and pans, using an air horn, or anything else that makes a lot of noise.”

They also said, “The use of paintballs, bear spray and slingshots is also permitted under FWC guidelines.”

The American black bear (American Ursus) is endemic to North America and can be found throughout the continental United States, as well as in Canada and Alaska, and even as far south as Mexico.

Two bears were recently captured by a Ring security camera fighting at a women’s shelter in South Lake Tahoe, California, and last week, also in California, a bear entered a home where some were staying. Airbnb guests and “set out to destroy the house in search of food,” according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.

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