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Homestead On Guard After Black Bear Strolls Through Subdivision On Fourth Of July

Patricia Fairclough, vice mayor of Homestead, said a resident in the Oasis subdivision took this photo of a black bear wandering through the neighborhood on the morning of July 4, 2019.

Homestead police began the Fourth of July responding to an unwelcome backyard guest: a young black bear strolling from home to home in a popular subdivision on the east side of town.

A resident called police around 1:30 a.m.. Thursday in the Oasis housing development, reporting a bear sighting. Squad cars arrived and officers spotted what they described as a four-foot-tall black bear “walking in between backyards,” said Homestead Police Col. Scott Kennedy.

“The bear was not aggressive,” Kennedy said. Officers tracked the bear on its tour through suburbia, generally keeping their vehicles between themselves and the animal estimated to weigh about 200 pounds.

Read more at our news partner, the Miami Herald