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Black bear spotted chilling in a tree at Lake Eola Park in Downtown Orlando

Lake Eola Park is a popular hangout for locals and visitors, and now its latest fan is a black bear!

Black bear in tree at Lake Eola Park Orlando
Courtesy of Representative Anna V. Eskamani

If you go down in the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise, and shoppers at the popular Orlando Farmers' Market yesterday, Sunday, June 5 got a huge surprise as they spotted a young black bear hanging around Lake Eola Park.

The bear which was spotted relaxing on a tree branch around 50 feet in the air as visitors to Lake Eola Park gathered on the ground to watch the bear.

Orlando Police Department was called, with officers taping off the area until officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission arrived to to help trap the bear and re-locate it.

In a statement today, Monday, June 5, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said the bear which appeared to be a dispersing juvenile bear, was NOT traped, and was able to leave the park at around 1 am.

FWC offered the following advice if you encounter a bear, “Juvenile bears are starting to disperse and leave their mother’s home range and may be seen in unexpected areas as they try to find a new home. Typically, these bears will move away on their own. If you see a bear, give it space, don’t try to approach it, and never feed it.”

To learn more about Florida Black Bears you should visit

Black bear in tree at Lake Eola Park Orlando
Courtesy of Representative Anna V. Eskamani

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