Black Bear wanders into Walt Disney World, causing the Magic Kingdom to temporarily close

by Lacey Pfalz
Last updated: 8:55 a.m. ET, Tuesday, September 19, 2023

A real black bear entered Walt Disney World on Monday, prompting the park to temporarily close much of Magic Kingdom, including Frontierland, Liberty Square and Adventureland, while local law enforcement and biologists from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) have moved. the bear.

According to the Washington Post, the bear was first spotted in a tree near the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. This led to the closure of at least ten attractions in the morning as authorities worked to capture and relocate the bear. It was around 2:45 p.m. when the FWC gave the go-ahead. No one was injured during the event.

According to the Commission, they planned to relocate the bear to the Ocala National Forest, a 673-square-mile protected forest area located just north of the city of Orlando.

“During the fall, bears are more active as they search for food to build up fat reserves for winter,” the FWC said in a statement. “This particular bear was probably moving around the area looking for food.”

Black bears are native to Florida and the Orlando area. As development continues and more natural habitats are destroyed, these sightings will become even more common. According to the FWC, approximately 1,200 black bears live in central Florida.

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