620-pound bear, largest captured in Florida, is relocated

620-pound bear, largest captured in Florida, is relocated

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FWC photo by Mike Orlando of bear sleeping (left), and FWC video still of the release by Cindy Bennett. FWC photo by Mike Orlando of bear sleeping (left), and FWC video still of the release by Cindy Bennett.

PAISLEY, Florida (AP) -- The largest Florida black bear ever captured has been relocated.
 
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Joy Hill says the 620-pound bear was captured Monday. It had been getting into trash in the Ocala National Forest, even into secured garbage in a shed by pulling the aluminum siding off to get his free meal.
 
The bear was trapped in Lake County.
 
Before the bear was relocated on Wednesday, biologists were able to sedate him to collect hair samples and give him an exam, identification tattoo and ear tag.
 
Hill says this is the largest bear captured, but the largest documented black bear was a 624-pounder that was struck and killed by a car in Naples several years ago.
 
Wildlife officials estimate there are 3,500 black bears in Florida.

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