Large bear spotted at UWF campus in Pensacola, officials urge caution
Officials are warning about a large bear that was spotted near the front entrance of the University of West Florida's Pensacola campus early Friday.
The bear was seen alone and was not approaching humans.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was notified, and UWF police have increased their presence on campus, especially near the location of the bear sighting.
UWF officials urged people to use caution if they were outside on the Pensacola campus. If you see a bear, stay away and contact UWF Police immediately at 850-474-2415 or 911.
If you encounter a bear at close range:
▪ Remain standing upright
▪ Speak to the bear in a calm, assertive voice
▪ Back up slowly toward a secure area, be sure you leave the bear a clear escape route
▪ Avoid direct eye contact — bears and other animals may view this as aggressive behavior
▪ Stop and hold your ground if your movement away seems to irritate instead of calm the bear