Fla. Wildlife Officials Trap, Kill Record-Size Black Bear

Florida wildlife officials have trapped and killed the state's biggest black bear on record.

Officials say the animal — which weighed 740 pounds — had been roaming in neighborhoods in Seminole County before being killed Sunday. According to a bear biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, it is likely it grew beyond the 250-pound average for adult male black bears by eating curbside garbage in addition to its normal diet of berries and nuts.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that the previous Florida record for a captured or killed black bear was 620 pounds. It was caught in Lake County in 2013.

Wildlife officials are set to discuss bear-management strategies next month and may explore the first bear hunt in Florida since 1994.

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