PHOTOS: Young bear takes two-mile journey through Avon Park

Photo from Highlands County Sheriff's Office.

HIGHLANDS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — A bear caused quite the ruckus when he went on an adventure in Avon Park Monday morning that spanned at least two miles.

The young bear was first seen around 8:30 a.m. near Joe Hilton Street and Memorial Drive, then was spotted about an hour later in a yard near Glenwood Avenue and Shaw Street.

The Highlands County Sheriff’s Office released this map showing the bear’s journey through Avon Park.

According to the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office, the bear was nearly hit by a car while crossing Main Street.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers worked with deputies to try to get the bear to a safe habitat so it wouldn’t be hit by a car. FWC officials said using a tranquilizer likely would kill the bear due to its stressed state.

The bear stopped to rest under an oak tree behind the Chevron station near US 27 and Alton Street, then passed through the parking lot and yard of a business. Authorities had to stop traffic on the highway around 11 a.m. so they could chase the bear across to a more open area.

The bear eventually climbed a fence at a blueberry field near Pleasant Street and crossed into an orange grove. Deputies believe it will likely hide there for the rest of the day.

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