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Record Florida black bear, 620 pounds, captured and relocated in Lake County

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Video: 620-pound Florida black bear captured and relocated

 

(News-Press) -- One of the biggest black bears in the Florida history books was captured recently in Lake County, sedated and relocated.

Weighing 620 pounds, the bear is the second largest ever recorded in the Sunshine State, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. This bear was bested only by a 624-pound bear that was hit by a vehicle and killed in Naples.

FWC biologists took hair examples and gave the bear and exam. The large male had been feeding from residential trash cans and eventually pulled aluminum siding off a shed while searching for food.

Wildlife officials estimate there are 3,500 black bears in Florida.

Watch: FWC video of the bear's release

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