The 150-pound bear was seen at Disney’s Magic Kingdom Sept. 18, causing temporary shutdowns of several rides and areas of the park.
Newly released body-worn camera footage obtained by WKBG 6 shows Disney Wildlife Management and Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission officials using air horns, paintball guns and slingshots to stun the bear down from a 35-foot tree and off Disney property.
While these methods may seem silly, they were effective in safely removing the bear from the park. According to Florida Wildlife Control, paintballs, bear spray and slingshots are all in compliance with FWC guidelines.
Although FWC generally recommends giving bears space and allowing them to leave an area on their own, officials deemed it necessary to put the bear to sleep temporarily with a dart gun.
FWC officials transported the bear to the Ocala National Forest, where it was safely released.
"During the fall, bears are more active as they search for food to pack on fat reserves for the winter. This particular bear was likely moving through the area searching for food," a previous statement from FWC said.
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