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248 Pound Black Bear Returns to St. Andrews Neighborhood

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A black bear travels more than 80 miles back to the same area he was removed from three weeks ago.

The 248-pound male black bear that was relocated to the middle of the Apalachicola National Forest found his way back to St. Andrews.

The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, Panama City Fire Department, and Gulf Power were on scene to assist.

The bear was shot with a tranquilizer gun and almost seven minutes later, he fell from the tree onto the airbags waiting below.

Stan Kirkland with the FWC says he’s thankful the airbags were portable so they could drag them in the right place to break his fall.

Savanna Nelson, a resident in the St. Andrews area, witnessed the bear fall.

“I felt relieved and better because I was worried that he was going to fall and hurt himself, but he actually didn’t,” said Nelson. “They did a very good job.”

“It was successful in that the bear survived the fall, before, the bear went through the tarps and that was kind of unfortunate, but he obviously wasn't injured so we’ll see what happens this time,” said Kirkland.

Kirkland says they believe the bear is attempting to travel west and relocating him in that direction is one of the available options.