FWC searching for bear on the loose in Pasco County

Pasco County

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has been busy tracking a bear seen roaming a Pasco County neighborhood this week.

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office has received several received several reports of bear sightings in the Gulf Highlands area.

Kalyn Lehr shared surveillance video of the bear wandering near her home with WFLA.

“I ran out of the room, and I was like you got to see this. Growing up in Pennsylvania, I’ve seen bears before, but it was so cool to have it that close. Being such a residential area, it’s kind of odd to because normally they don’t do that,” said Lehr.

The sheriff’s office said the FWC is currently tracking the bear’s whereabouts.

“They said just give him his space. Don’t go running after him don’t chase him, things like that,” said Lehr.

If you see the bear, stay away. Then call the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 1-888-404-3922.

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