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Big bear causes scare in a Southwest Florida neighborhood

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(WBBH/NBC NEWSCHANNEL) Residents of one Estero, Florida community were shocked to find a huge bear roaming the streets of their neighborhood Monday morning.

Residents of the gated Bella Terra reached out after spotting a 300-pound bear standing just yards away from nearby schoolchildren.

"It was crazy," said Bella Terra resident Jamie Lampitt. "I was getting ready for work and I get a phone call from my neighbor, she said 'Don't go outside!' Just to see his big paws hit the ground and just nonchalantly walking through like, you know, like it was his job."

There were 11 bear sightings reported in the Bella Terra community all last year. Already in 2015, there have been 13. And experts say it's not the rain that's bringing them out of the woods, but the trash.

 Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said if the bear is trapped, it'll be put down because of the danger it poses to humans.



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