Bears bother neighbors in Tallahassee

Posted at 7:14 PM, Dec 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-03 14:26:20-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - They're cute from afar, but not so much when they're in your front yard.

Some folks in a Tallahassee neighborhood have spotted some black bears roaming around. Over the past month, neighbors have seen a mama bear and two cubs near Cactus Street.

They say the bears haven't caused any damage except overturned garbage cans, but neighbors do worry about what could happen.

"It's danger to use who live here," said neighbor Jessie Franklin. "It's a danger to our pets, but it's also a danger to the bears themselves. I don't want them to get run over or anything. I feel like the FWC isn't taking it really seriously."

Sightings like these aren't new; just last month, a Tallahassee Police officer spotted a black bear in the same area.

According to FWC, bears are not typically aggressive but will defend themselves if approached or cornered.

TPD reminds residents not to approach bears. Instead, call TPD's Consolidated Dispatch at (850) 606-5800.