Black bear spotted at Naples, Florida, golf course community – USA TODAY

Some turkeys tried to steal a few headlines at the U.S. Open over the weekend, but in Florida, it was a bigger, furrier creature that garnered some attention on a golf course – proving that Jack Nicklaus isn’t the only bear to live in the Sunshine State.

A large black bear took a stroll through a Naples, Florida, golf community Sunday. No one was threatened, but the size of the bear did startle residents in the area of The Club at the Strand.

The club’s general manager, Elvis Gooden Sr., told Fox 13 News in Naples “that size bear I would expect to see at the zoo, not roaming our community, especially during the daytime.”

Ross McGee, who works at the golf club, also spotted the bear and took video, which he posted on Facebook.

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No bear hugs! This big boy (big girl?) was spotted climbing a fence and heading to the vicinity of Savannah 4 this morning. Biggest bear spotted at The Strand yet. Please be cautious and respectful. We share a home with these natives! Thank you to our own Ross McGee (Golf Operations) for catching this footage! It’s causing quite the frenzy on Instagram! Matt Devitt WINK Weather, today seems to have been the day for roaming, HUGE bears in Naples!

Posted by The Club at The Strand on Sunday, June 19, 2022

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McGee says he saw the bear climb a fence then cross a street before going up a driveway. He stayed in his golf cart while he shot the video.

Bears have been seen in the area before, according to the club’s post on Facebook, but this one appears to be one of the biggest that has come around.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says black bears are the only type of bear that is found in Florida. They have become fairly common on the outskirts of many municipalities, especially as home construction encroaches on previously wild areas.


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