BAY LAKE, Fla. – A bear sighting at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park on Monday led to the closure of several attractions and rides at the park, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said.
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The FWC said an adult female black bear was spotted in a tree at the Magic Kingdom on Monday morning.
“Biologists with FWC’s bear management program and FWC law enforcement officers safely captured the adult female bear,” an FWC spokeswoman said. “In most cases, it is best for bears to be given space and move around on their own, but given this situation, staff captured the animal and relocated the bear from the park to an area in or around Ocala National Park. Forest.”
The agency said bears are more active in the fall as they forage for food to store fat for the winter.
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“This particular bear was probably moving through the area looking for food,” the spokeswoman said.
More than a dozen rides and attractions were closed Monday during the observation, according to the Disney app.
A company spokesman said the park has since fully reopened.
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“We are working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and have decided to reopen Frontierland, Liberty Square and Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park,” a spokesperson said.
The FWC said if you see a bear in the wild, give it space and never approach or feed it.
If you ever see someone who is dangerous, sick or injured, you can call FWC at 888-404-3922.
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