Walt Disney World closes rides after black bear sighting


A black bear showed up at Walt Disney World on Monday, but not to a country jamboree.

Nearly half of the park was closed in the early hours after the bear was spotted in a tree near Big Thunder Mountain in Frontierland. according to

According to a statement from Walt Disney World to HuffPost, the adult bear was later arrested by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conversation Commission (FWC).

The rides that closed included the Country Bear Jamboree, Big Thunder Mountain, the Haunted Mansion and Jungle Cruise.

A spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conversation Commission Orlando told ABC affiliate WFTV that wildlife biologists and law enforcement officers showed up at the park to care for the creature.

“In most cases, it is best for bears to be given space and to move around on their own, but given this situation, staff are working to capture and relocate the bear,” the spokesperson said.

The agency spokesperson noted that bears tend to be active in the fall as they pack on the pounds in preparation for hibernation.

“This particular bear was likely traveling the area in search of food,” the spokeswoman said.

NBC Orlando affiliate WESH reported this Frontierland, Liberty Square and Adventureland opened around 1 p.m., and at around 1:15 p.m. officers involved in the rescue effort were seen carrying a large black figure wrapped in a white tarp.

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