An adorable little black bear kept a crowd full of people entertained at a New Smyrna Beach farmer's market over the weekend. The bear was up in a tree near the New Symrna Farmers Market on Sams Avenue all day Saturday.
Onlookers were amazed and excited to see the bear, but the little big guy kept Florida Fish and Wildlife officers, along with the Volusia County Sheriff's office busy. There were FWC officers and deputies on the scene monitoring the bear along with the crowd, so no one would get too close.
FWC also sent out a biologist to talk to answer questions and help them understand that the bear is in the tree because that is where bears retreat to when they feel scared. During the ordeal, FWC took a wait and see approach and didn't have any plans to proactively try to tranquilize and move it.
Now, typically, FWC doesn't get a lot of calls for bears in New Smyrna Beach, but there's a first time for everything. Joy Hill, a spokesperson with FWC said the bear is likely a young male bear dispersing from it's birth territory who's now looking to find his own territory.
Hill, said typically bears will stay in trees like that until they feel safe to come down, which is usually after dark. This saying turned out to ring true, because as soon as darkness fell upon the area near the New Smyrna Farmer's Market, the little bundle of black bear love came down.