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Don't Feed the Bears


A mall near Orlando saw some unexpected excitement when a 200-pound bear was spotted hanging out in a tree near the shopping center's entrance.

No one was hurt, and the bear was soon cornered just outside a J.C. Penney store, where it lost consciousness and was carted away.

But just before noon today, the western parking lot at Seminole Towne Center Mall was like a scene from Marlin Perkins' Wild Kingdom.

Law enforcement officers, mall security personnel and firefighters from Seminole County and Sanford had roped off a wide swath of parking lot to keep onlookers away from the bear.

It was about 15 feet up in a pine tree on the far edge of the parking lot, a few feet from an Interstate 4 off-ramp and about 200 yards from the mall entrance.

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Elaine Misonzhnik

Senior associate editor Elaine Misonzhnik has been writing for National Real Estate Investor since June 2006 and has covered commercial real estate for more than 12 years. She first became...
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