Published: May 23, 2011 10:04 PM EDT
Updated: May 23, 2011 6:30 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla.- Forget the goldilocks and porridge, but people did spot a small black bear wandering a parking lot on the edge of downtown Ft. Myers Monday morning.  An officer tranquilized the animal and a biologist returned it to a remote area, far from residential areas.

"It is not uncommon for the mama bears to kick out the youngsters when they reach age 2 to 3 years.  The young males cannot stay around because the bigger males will drive them out.  So the smaller males will wander, looking for their own territory.   They sometimes wind up in civilized areas with a lot of people," said Officer Lar Gregory with the Fl. Fish and Wildlife conservation commission.

The bear did not hurt anyone during its foray in the parking lot of 2 condo high-rises at Clifford and west First in Ft. Myers.