Black bear joins backyard birthday party

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by KREM.com

KREM

Posted on November 25, 2013 at 10:35 AM

ORANGE COUNTY, Florida -- An unexpected guest came to a Florida boy’s birthday party.

A black bear showed up to the backyard BBQ and startled parents just as the kids were about to eat cake.

"They were excited seeing a bear, but at the same time, you don't want them to try to scare the bear or make it come toward us," mother Yvette Picasso said.

Florida Fish and Wildlife officers had been tracking the animal all afternoon. They finally captured him when he got too close to the children at the party.

Neighbors said the bear has been poking around the neighborhood for the last week.  It also destroyed a fence as he tried to get away from wildlife officers.

They eventually used a tranquilizer dart to get the 200-pound bear out of a tree.

He will be relocated to a national forest.
 

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