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He's a year older but none the wiser.
The Orlando black bear who traipsed up a tree in Orlando's Parramore neighborhood causing a mini-panic last year has once again been captured, only this time in a Tampa subdivision.
The estimated 300-pound male wandered 125 miles from the Ocala National Forest — where he was last released in 2012 — to lounge on the branches of a live oak in Eloy Perez's backyard.
The 70-year-old homeowner told the Tampa Tribune he called 911 Friday morning after his dog started barking at the animal and the burly beast climbed up the tree.
Two green darts took the bear out, as he slumped lethargically out of the tree onto a blue tarp, the newspaper reported. He will again be resettled in the national forest.
When they checked the bear's ear tags and wildlife-issued tattoos, officials realized they were reacquainted with an old friend.
More than two years old and twice the weight he was last summer, the adolescent bear just can't seem to find the bare necessities of life close to home.
Wherever he wanders, wherever he roams, the bear is just looking for a home, said Joy Hill, a spokeswoman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
"He's a restless young male moving around," she said. "He's been living a dangerously urban life."
Last June, the bear spent several nights rambling around downtown Orlando before settling in a Parramore Avenue backyard.
He attracted onlookers who had never seen a bear in a densely populated urban community.
Hill said he was tranquilized, moved and released but not discouraged.
Wildlife officials had hoped the bear would mature but his wanderlust may have gotten the better of him.
"That's just what these young male bears do," during the spring mating season, Hill said. "But hopefully he'll settle down soon."
Black bears across the state are marking their territories for breeding. The more dominant males prevail in kicking out younger bears who have yet to come into their own.
Wildlife experts say their mothers also send the curious juveniles out into the world alone and once in a while, they get off track.
Officials recently captured a yearling suspected of opening three Paisley-area cars, locking itself inside and tearing apart the innards of the vehicles. Hill said the remnants of a fast-food meal left inside a car or a sugary drink is enough to trigger a bear's keen sense of smell from miles away.
For more information about Florida's black bears, visit myfwc.com/bear.
Credits Arelis R. Hernández, Orlando Sentinel