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Dog chases bear into Sanford tree

Posted August 8, 2012

— Sanford police say a dog chased a bear into a tree Wednesday morning near the local Division of Employment Security office.

A police spokesman said workers heard the dog barking, and when they looked, they saw the bear climbing into a tree near the intersection of Lee Avenue and Horner Boulevard.

The bear came out of the tree shortly before 10:30 p.m. and ran into the woods, a Lee County wildlife official said.


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  • Sanford_27330 Aug 9, 2012

    Eye sore is right, even after the man DIED in that WRECKHOLE it still stands

  • Bradley07 Aug 9, 2012

    poor bear =-( I'm sure he was scared

  • dorindarindy Aug 8, 2012

    What are you talking about ignoring the issue? What do you want them to do kill it? They are doing what they are supposed to do, and that is leave it alone, and make sure the bear and people are safe.

  • bbad238 Aug 8, 2012

    They wanna ignore the issue just like they ignore every other problem in the area (I.E. Southside Plaza that was hit by the tornado in 2011 and remains a huge eye sore to this very day)

  • workouttime Aug 8, 2012

    Sanford_27330 How could anyone in their right mind blame the police for, “wanting to keep an eye on the situation”? ncsuwolfs And, who wouldn’t expect the police to be somewhat rude for telling adults to stay away from the area. I’m sure every rubbernecker in Sanford has poked their head in to check out the situation and offer up advice to local law enforcement. It’s a bear, in a tree…go home people!

  • computer trainer Aug 8, 2012

    Sanford_27330- Now let's think. Would YOU want to go up the tree after that bear? Come one, be honest! The only way to get it down, seriously, is to trank it and that is dangerous. When it falls, it could be killed. Then someone has to arrange a funeral. His family will probably sue the city, maybe even the State. Then the police have to go to court.

  • WageSlave Aug 8, 2012

    Its probably smokey, probably on unemployment cause his program is getting funds cut

  • Sanford_27330 Aug 8, 2012

    Sad to say this is my home town.. "Authorities said they plan to keep an eye on the situation and hope that the bear comes down by itself." and we pay these people for there "work"

  • monami Aug 8, 2012

    The news was just on. There is a crowd at the bear's location. The bear is scared! Hopefully, everyone will leave him alone tonight and he can come down and go find his "home." Poor bear! People, stay away!

  • pab7165 Aug 8, 2012

    I say it's time for a bar-b-que.
    Never had bear before...but I'll try it