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Black Bear In A Tree In Tampa

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

It's not every day that you see a bear in a tree in West Tampa.

But today was one of those days for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. 

At about 8:30 the HCSO was asking local TV stations to pull their helicopters back from the site in the Egypt Lake area, because they were "scaring the bear."

A similar black bear was captured in a tree near Busch Gardens last July. FWC officials said that bear wandered down from near Weeki Wachee, likely in search of a mate. He was tranquilized and released in his natural habitat of Apalachicola National Forest.