• Lee County Parks & Recreation

  • Lee County Parks & Recreation

  • Lee County Parks & Recreation

Alva, FL- A female black bear, approximately three years old, wandered into a hog trap wednesday at Hickey's Creek Mitigation Park on Palm Beach boulevard in Alva.

Park officials found the bear this morning. They say Feral Hogs have become a problem at Lee County Parks and Preserves and other County lands. They damage habitat for native wildlife and increase the site’s susceptibility for exotic plant invasion.  Therefore, Lee County uses properly licensed and permitted hog trappers to live-trap and remove feral hogs from some County-owned lands.

The black bear that wandered into the trap was not harmed. Biologists from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission moved the animal to Webb Wildlife Management Area in Punta Gorda.

Park staff says the same bear wandered into the park in 2011 and at the time, was taken to Bonita Springs.