Employees of Fort Myers business arrive to find bear inside

A black bear cub spotted roaming Fort Myers Tuesday morning has been tranquilized after being found sheltering inside a hurricane shutter business.

A user on the Neighbors app posted about seeing the bear running across Colonial Boulevard and Fowler Street around 6:52 a.m. The sighting wasn’t confirmed until employees of Hurricane Safe Shutters at 2012 Earl Road entered to see the cub relaxing inside after 8 a.m.

The business is just off US-41 across from the Fort Myers Country Club.

A trapper from the Florida Wildlife Commission arrived shortly after with a tranquilizer gun so that the cub could be safely removed. Once sedated, it was removed in a cage for transportation to the Picayune Strand State Forest in Collier County.

FWC says if you come face to face with a bear, you should speak calmly to it and slowly back away, then call 911 as soon as possible.

A black bear cub inside Hurricane Safe Shutters in Fort Myers. Credit: WINK News
Reporter:Sydney Persing
Writer:Joey Pellegrino
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