Forget honey: Florida bear lured to safety with waffles

Posted at 8:30 AM, Jun 05, 2018

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A black bear taking a stroll through a busy, urban section of southwest Florida was lured to safety by a popular breakfast staple: waffles.

Florida wildlife officers said the yearling bear was spotted Monday morning near a Fort Myers apartment complex.

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The Naples Daily News reports that a resident saw the wildlife officers place waffles stuffed with something in a container and then put the container in the trap to lure the bear inside.

Unsurprisingly, the bear was trapped without incident soon after. It will be released in a less populated area.

State officers relocated 87 bears in 2017. The agency euthanized 36 conflict bears— animals causing a problem around people — and relocated 50 nuisance bears in 2016.