SANIBEL ISLAND, Fla.- A bear roaming Sanibel Island will soon need a new place to stay. The cub went hunting for honey last week and the late-night outing is costing him his home.
A black cub that wreaked havoc at David Curtis' bee hive farm on Sanibel is getting evicted. The 60 lb. bear broke into dozens of homemade hives last week and helped himself to some honey to the tune of $20,000.
"Its been a week and he hasn't got back in there so that's gotta be a good sign," Curtis said. "There was 13 hives stacked higher than your head that the bear got into and tore up."
The bear has been the talk of the island since it mysteriously came ashore back in June. Up until now, wildlife officials had been okay with the bear living on protected land. But, his sticky claws has forced F.W.C. to take action.
"Unfortunately, this is a not a suitable location for a black bear. The island is very small for the home range of a black bear."
Wildlife officials have set up a bait site to capture the bear. Recents snapshots show the animal behind a home several miles from beehive site on Tarpon Bay Road.
"Its already shown that pattern its more than likely that it'll continue. And I think for people like myself who are vacationing we'd feel a lot safer..."
Back at the bee hive, an electrical fence is now up to keep the cub from coming back.
"You know, you kinda have to laugh at the irony of, but we're very sympathetic to the beehive owner and its really tough when you work so hard and have that kind of stuff destroyed by wildlife."
F.W.C. says its only removing the bear from the protected land because its caused damage to property. Once it's caught, the bear will be relocated to a more natural habitat.