COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Deputies are searching for a grizzly bear cub that ran away from a private residence in Golden Gate Estates on Tuesday morning.
The Collier County Sheriff’s Office is assisting the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in the search.
The 125-pound cub ran away from a residence at 4670 43rd Ave. NE in Naples around 11:00 a.m. The bear is suspected to be in a wooded area on the owner’s property or a neighboring property. However, it could potentially travel in search of food.
Deputies are cautioning residents in the area to be on alert for the cub and not approach it.
Wildlife officers advise anyone who may encounter the cub not to run. Rather, clap your hands and say, “Bear go home.” The cub, which was raised in captivity, will likely run away.
Residents are advised to secure trash cans in their garage or enclosed area
Anyone who sees the cub is asked to contact the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 252-9300, or call the FWCC Wildlife Alert hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922).