BREAKING: The Magic Kingdom Bear Has Been Safely Captured
After one of the strangest days in recent memory, the bear that was spotted earlier today at Magic Kingdom has been safely captured by agents of The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
Guests visiting the Magic Kingdom today were in for quite the surprise this morning when Adventureland, Frontierland, and Liberty Square failed to open with the rest of the park.
While Cast Members initially stated that land closures were due to “technical difficulties,” reports quickly came in that the real reason guests couldn’t access the three lands was that a bear had been spotted earlier in the morning.
Florida Wildlife Officials Were On The Scene
As the story continued to circulate on social media, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission released a statement saying that they were aware of the bear reports and that FWC officers had arrived on the scene.
“Biologists with the FWC’s Bear Management Program, as well as FWC officers, are on the scene,” the Commission said.
“In most cases, it is best for bears to be given space and to move along on their own, but given this situation, staff are working on capturing and relocating the bear.”
By 12:30 p.m., parts of Adventureland, Liberty Square, and Frontierland had reopened to guests, although the attractions located near the Rivers of America remained closed.
Early reports indicated that the animal was spotted on Tom Sawyer Island.
Following the land reopenings, Disney released a statement indicating that FWC staff were still working on capturing and relocating the bear.
“We are working with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission. And have made the decision to reopen Frontierland, Liberty Square, and Adventureland,” Disney explained. “As shared by the FWC, staff are on-site and working on capturing and relocating the bear.”
The Magic Kingdom Bear Has Been Captured
Around 1:15 p.m., those involved in the search efforts were seen carrying a large black figure on a white tarp.
At approximately 2:45 p.m. FWC officials confirmed officers and biologists captured an adult, female black bear at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom theme park Monday. The bear is safe and will be relocated to an area in or around the Ocala National Forest.
In the end, officials were able to capture the bear in a backstage area, Northeast of the Rivers of America.
Hopefully, the bear is in fine health and will quickly be relocated to its new home.
As always, continue to check back in with MickeyBlog. We will update you on the Magic Kingdom bear as news comes in.
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