Published: Jun 16, 2014 8:21 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, FL - A black bear caught in a neighborhood off of McGregor Boulevard caused quite a stir on Sunday. Residents gathered to watch the 250 pound beast meander around homes and even nap in nearby woods. They snapped cell phone pics and children pointed at the bear as he searched for a food source. But FWC officials say this senario could have spelled disaster if the bear interpreted the crowds, not as courious fans, but a serious threat. "When bears 'feel' cornered, their behavior becomes unpredictable.", said FWC spokesperson, Gary Morse. In the future, Morse recommends residents keep their distance from our furry natural neighbors. He says anyone in the crowd could have been mauled or caused the bear to be spooked, run out into traffic and be hit by a car. Morse says if you want to view a wild bear visiting your neighborhood, do it from the safety of your home and call in the professionals for help leading the wild animals back to a safe habitat.