PUNTA GORDA, Fla.- Some Punta Gorda residents aren't exactly pleased about the newest neighbor in town -- a Florida black bear!
"He was over five feet tall, had to have been 350...300 pounds I'd say."
Ken Robert got an unexpected visitor Friday morning- a Florida black bear getting comfortable in his front yard.
"The bear actually came to the door, and was sniffing the front of the door, the screen there," Robert explained Wednesday.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission reports multiple bear sightings recently in Burnt Store Isles. They say the bear is most likely a juvenile, who are famous for feasting on garbage grub.
"He had tipped the garbage cans over and was opening the bags, ripping the plastic bags open. Then he'd munch on something, lay down, munch on something," Robert said.
A bear also made a stop in Dolores Garvis's backyard Monday...tearing up and overturning her compost bin, which was screwed deep into the ground.
"I thought, oh my gosh, he's been here! What'll I do?" Garvis said Wednesday.
Experts say Florida black bears are generally harmless to humans, and easily scared away by loud noises. But for some Punta Gorda residents, they're hoping the new neighbor will pack its bags soon.
"It's a very quiet, 55 and older community here and we don't get that much excitement here usually," Robert said.
FWC says the best way to avoid an unexpected visit from a bear is to store trash in a secure location, and also to bring in any outside pet food or bird feeders.