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.
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.