Officials Tranquilize Black Bear in Tampa Tree

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- A Tampa man got more than he bargained for when he opened his door to let the dog out. A black bear was in his backyard.

The Tampa Bay Times reports 70-year-old Eloy Perez pulled his barking dog back inside and dialed 911. When Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies arrived, they found the bear atop a tree in Diaz' backyard.

By mid-morning Friday, deputies and wildlife officials shot the bear with tranquilizer darts. After two darts he fell from the tree onto pads set out to cushion his fall.

Earlier, the sheriff's office had asked television helicopters to move back because they were "scaring the bear."

A red tag on the bear's right ear will allow Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials to track where he's been.


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