JACKSONVILLE, Fla - Excitement in one Julington Creek neighborhood Wednesday night. The black bear on the loose, spotted climbing atree. And a man living across the street caught it all on video.
"My wife said 'Oh, look at that big dog on the other side'--and I said no honey, that's a black bear," said Ken Kaminski.
He and his wife were sitting in their garage when the now infamous black bear decided to pay their street a visit.
"When I first saw him I took out the phone started taking some video of him," he said.
In his footage - you can clearly see the bear walk along the houses on the opposite side of the street.
Then, he speeds up and stands tall at this tree. He even peeks his head around it to see what's happening. At this point, Ken says police have the street blocked off and an officer with Florida Fish and Wildlife began leading him away.
"He was riding with him on the truck kept honking his horn to make him turn the corner so I don't know where he is now," he said.
Neighbors say he was last spotted heading west through the development. So far Thursday, no one's seen him.
Our crew went back in the woods between houses in Julington Creek and found what appear to be bear tracks. The most concerning part about it is how close they were to a children's swingset and trampoline.
"There are a lot of kids around here in the neighborhood walking home from school," said Diana Musick.
Even though neighbors know the bear could still be in their community, most aren't worried about their safety. They're more concerned for his.
"If they could capture him or tranquilize him and take him to Ocala National Forest or something because there's not enough woods around here," Kaminski said.
Police are urging folks in the area not to leave any garbage outside. It's an open invitation for him to pay your home a visit.