Wildlife officials tracking bear found in downtown Gainesville

The Gainesville Police Department is warning citizens of a bear that has been wandering near downtown Gainesville. Gainesville Chief of Police Jay ...

July 31, 2022
1:40 AM

The Gainesville Police Department is warning citizens of a bear that has been wandering near downtown Gainesville. Gainesville Chief of Police Jay Parrish said the bear was first spotted Friday near Cresswind Subdivision. Parrish said he last saw the bear around 2 p.m. at E.E. Butler Parkway. At last report, the animal was headed toward Fair Street. 'The DNR has a tracking collar on it,' Parrish said. 'They're just hoping it gets out of town soon.' According to Parrish, the bear has not hurt anyone and it has not caused damage to any businesses.