Bears have an incredible sense of smell, and when they’re hungry bears will go to some pretty crazy extremes to get their paws on a snack.

Bears are also very intelligent, so once they learn that humans provide a seemingly endless supply of snacks, by way of garbage or half-eaten candy bars that get left behind, they will search out residential areas to find something tasty to eat.

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In this particular story that we are sharing from One Green Planet, a 400-pound black bear set out to follow his nose and wandered all the way from his home in Osceola National Forest to a residential area in Alligator Point, Florida.


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When he was discovered shuffling through one of the residents garbage, wildlife authorities set out to capture and return the bear back to his forest home…this is when things started to go horribly wrong.

The article is published on One Green Planet

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Without even flinching at the size and strength of the bear, Warwick grabbed a hold of the floundering animal.


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Knowing he would need to act quickly and stay as calm as possible, Warwick began to drag the bear to shore.


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The bear was having trouble keeping his head above the water, losing more and more mobility. 


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Finally on shore, the groggy bear and exhausted Warwick were hoisted onto land.


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Warwick made sure the sleepy bear made it safely onto the transport vehicle. Surely, if the bear hadn’t been so groggy he would have given Warwick a big bear hug. 


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Back at Osceola National Forest, the bear is looking MUCH happier…it’s going to be a long time before this guy goes rummaging through human garbage again! 


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