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Bear perched over Longwood dental clinic

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Patients of a Longwood dentist were greeted by a wild character on Tuesday morning.

One of Dr. Quevedo's patient said he first saw the bear around 7 a.m.

"My patient told me they thought he had a toothache because when he first came this am, he was here by my front door," said Daniel Quevedo, DDS.

Witnesses said the bear darted up a tree in an office complex between Wekiva Springs Rd. and East Lake Brantley in Longwood.

Florida Fish and Wildlife officers believe the bear was trying to find food.

"There's no rhyme or reason for it, but it was food, I can assure you that," said Lt. Byron Smith with FWC.

The bear made some patrons and workers nervous. However, most people said they were amused by the wild visitor.

"I wish my camera would zoom in a little closer," said Daniel Chiriani, whose wife works at one of the offices in the complex. "But I don't want to get any closer for fear of him jumping on me."

"I never noticed the sound of how loud it is when their claws are digging into the bark of the tree," said Dr. Quevedo. "But it was really amazing how quickly he got up there -- as heavy and as big as he is."

FWC estimates the bear is a young adult male between 250 and 300 lbs. Those parked under the bear quickly learned to give him space.

"I was working on a patient and somebody let me know that he relieved himself right beside my front fender, so I decided it's probably time to move my truck," said Dr. Quevedo. "If he's going to do number one than number two can't be far behind."

FWC believes the bear will come down on his own.

"If we were to dart him or otherwise startle him we're afraid he could run out into either one of the major roads here and do danger to himself or someone else," said Lt. Smith.

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