Published: Jun 12, 2014 10:54 AM EDT
Updated: Jun 12, 2014 6:53 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla.- WINK News cameras captured video of a bear in a tree in a Fort Myers backyard this morning.

"Well this morning around 8:00, as usual, I go out and have a cup of coffee on my back porch, looking at the river, and all of a sudden, I look down and there's this black bear walking around in our backyard," said Evan Daniell, the homeowner who first saw the animal.

The bear was spotted near the Calooshatchee on Riverside Drive as late as noon today, but left the property and headed toward Santa Lucia and Veronica Shoemaker.

Daniell went on, "I got a little bit startled myself and I ran and got my wife and I said you're not going to believe this but we have a bear in our backyard!"

The male juvenile bear spent the morning hanging out in a tree in Daniell's backyard. He was sleeping and snacking for hours. He even took a swim in the homeowner's swimming pool before leaving. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission experts went to the home and said it would eventually make its way down and be on it's merry way.

"They will come down if they go up a tree," said Major Dennis Post with FWC. "Sometimes they go up a tree because they're startled. They will come down and they'll move on."

The bear attracted the neighborhood's attention before rushing off.


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