Large bear lumbers into Parramore to spend quiet afternoon in tree

The bear is in a tree at West Central and North Tampa Avenue near Lake Lorna Doone and the Florida Citrus Bowl stadium. (Gary W. Green, Orlando Sentinel)

A large black bear lumbered into Orlando on Saturday for a quiet afternoon in a tree, drawing onlookers and raising a lingering question: Is this the same bear that visited Parramore last year?

The bear is tagged and wildlife officials told police they were familar with it.

But the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission also told police it wouldn't trap it.

So police taped off the area and asked onlookers to leave so the bear would feel comfortable and come down.

The bear wandered around Parramore before climbing into a tree on the edge of Lake Lorna Doone near Orlando's Citrus Bowl.

"I woke up to the cop yelling 'Bear! Come on down, bear,'" said James Drayton, 64, who lives across the street.

The bear that visited Parramore in June 2012 was captured in a Tampa subdivision last month.

The 300-pound male wandered 125 miles from the Ocala National Forest — where he was released in 2012 after the Parramore visit — to lounge on the branches of a live oak tree in Tampa. That bear was tranquilized and returned to the national forest.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission did not return calls for comment Saturday.

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