FORT MYERS, Fla. - A trip to downtown Fort Myers Saturday afternoon looked more like a trip to the zoo!
A bear meandered along West First Street, climbed up a tree and refused to come down.
The 175-pound animal posted up in a tree directly behind Stevie B's Waterfront Café. Suddenly, World Cup Soccer was no longer the main attraction at the bar.
"It's most exciting," said Margie Willis, who watched as wildlife officials and police worked to get the bear out of the tree. "We had to stop and check it out."
Steve Brantner, who owns Stevie B's, told WINK News he saw the bear, and immediately flagged down a nearby police officer, who called FWC.
"You never know who you're going to meet at Stevie B's," Brantner said. "We have a bear, and we have ice cold beer. How about that?"
"(The bear) was trying to get comfortable up there," said Zach Zampella of FWC. "You could tell he was trying to get something to drink, but he was good. He stayed pretty calm."
WINK News cameras rolled, as wildlife crews shot the bear with a tranquilizer dart, before the animal tumbled from the tree and into a tarp.
Biologists took the bear to a wildlife management center in Charlotte County. It will eventually be released into the wild.
This is the third bear sighting in an urban area of southwest Florida in the past month.
Wildlife experts say it's more common to spot a bear during the early summer months.