Roaming black bear cub spotted at USF, moved to tree near Busch Gardens park before tranquilization

TAMPA - Wildlife officers tranquilized a black bear cub that was holed up in a tree near Busch Gardens early Tuesday morning.

The bear, that came all the way from Citrus County, was first spotted roaming the University of South Florida campus at midnight., officials said.

The Florida Wildlife Commission had been tracking the bear since it was seen in Land O' Lakes last Friday.

The bear managed to get near the main entrance of the Busch Gardens theme park off Busch Blvd.

Officials tracked down the bear in the tree and surrounded it  to ensure that it wouldn't pose a threat.

The crew tranquilized the bear, shooting it twice, before taking it into custody. Busch Blvd. was closed for about half an hour as officials trapped the bear.

The bear was identified as an animal from the Casawiska National Forest in Citrus County. 

It will be transported to Apalachicola National Forest.

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