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United States: a black bear in the middle of Disney World, temporary closure of attractions

Winnie the Pooh is no longer the only bear at Disney World. Only this does not please those in charge of the amusement park. In fact, a black bear seen at the Disney World park in Orlando, in the southeastern United States, caused the temporary closure of a dozen attractions on Monday before it was finally captured, Florida wildlife authorities announced.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists and officials “safely captured the adult bear” from a tree in Enchanted Kingdom Park, the FWC said in a statement.

According to the local channel Fox 35, 15 attractions had been temporarily closed, including the famous “Haunted Mansion” and the “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

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The origin of his arrival at the park is still unknown.

“In most cases, it is best to stay away from bears and let them go on their own, but given the situation, staff captured the animal and removed it from the park,” an area of ​​the Ocala National Forest, the FWC continues. Details about how the bear managed to enter the park were not immediately known.

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“In the fall, bears are more active in searching for food to store fat reserves for the winter. “This particular bear was likely moving (through the park) in search of food,” the FWC said. When asked, Walt Disney World referred to the FWC press release.

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Due to the number of tourists it attracts each year (17 million), Walt Disney World represents one of the economic lungs of Florida, with an area of ​​almost 11,000 hectares, more than the area of ​​Paris.

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