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Roaming bear can’t resist Krispy Kreme

The Associated Press
Northwest Florida Daily News

FORT MYERS — Glazed or jelly? A black bear roaming around a city proved no match for the doughnuts that lured the animal into a humane trap.

The Fort Myers News-Press reported that the juvenile 250-pound bear spent a good chunk of Tuesday morning meandering around the Gulf Coast city. Wildlife officials say bears tend to move more in the spring in search of mates and, as always, food.

In such a congested area, tranquilizing the bear wasn’t an option, said Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officer Adam Brown. He said the drugs don’t always work immediately on large animals such as bears.

“When we use a tranquilizer the bear sometimes will run away, and we didn’t want to take any chance of it running into traffic or the residential area,” he said.

So officers turned to doughnuts from Krispy Kreme and some blueberry pie-scented spray in a trap. That did the trick.

Brown said the bear was moved to a state-managed wildlife area.