SANIBEL, Fla.- The search continues for a black bear on Sanibel Island. It has been sighted as recently as this weekend in residential areas.
The bear has never come close enough to threaten a human, but law enforcement isn't taking the sightings lightly. They've posted signs throughout the island warning beach-goers of an additional and unwanted visitor.
As residents and visitors enjoy the Sanibel sun, sighting reports are rolling into the police department of a florida black bear. The bear was spotted at least three times over the weekend.
FWC set a trap this weekend. So far, the trap has not been disturbed.
Fish and Wildlife authorities are hoping to relocate the bear, possibly to the Everglades.
This is the same black bear that has been randomly seen on the island since July of last year.
Visitors on Lighthouse Beach said they were grateful for the warning.
Authorities warn that if you do spot the bear, do not approach it and call the Sanibel Police Department right away and (239) 472-3111.