• Mother bear, 3 cubs feast on garbage, damage fence in Oviedo subdivision

    By: Jason Kelly , Samantha Manning

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    OVIEDO, Fla. - An Oviedo woman said she would like the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to relocate a mother bear and her three cubs after a surveillance camera recorded the bears digging through garbage outside her home earlier this month.

    Tiffany Chapin said the bears were outside her home at about 4 a.m.

    "The baby bears just went through the trash and were just having a feast," she said.

    Chapin said the bears also damaged her fence.

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    "They've literally ripped it just completely off the hinges," she said.

    Chapin said she reported the damage to FWC.

    The agency told Channel 9 that there was another bear sighting reported weeks earlier at nearby Long Cove Court.

    A bear was spotted Friday evening on Red Ember Road, which is several miles away.

    Nick Zirillo and his wife, Lizzie Zirillo, recorded video of the bear with a cellphone.

    "We get a flashlight out, and we're shining it up there and we see two little cubs," he said. "I thought it was cool. I was mad that they tore up our garbage."

    Zirillo said spotting wildlife isn't unusual because he lives in a rural area.

    "We live in the country," he said. "It is what it is."

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    Chapin said she doesn't want the bears wandering her subdivision, because she fears what could happen if the mother bear were to encounter a human around her cubs.

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    "For the safety of them and us as well -- if they can relocate them, I think that would be great," she said.

    FWC hasn't said if the bears will be relocated.

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