By midafternoon, the bear slowly moved down the tree but was still too afraid to make an escape off into the woods.
Officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission came out to assess the situation and decided not to tranquilize the bear to get it out of the tree. They believe it will eventually come down when it is hungry or thirsty.
An FWC spokesperson said they will have to monitor the bear and its demeanor as it remains in the tree to determine if they need to come back out to remove it with a tranquilizer.
They do believe it is old enough to be out on its own once it comes down, but they didn't rule out that its mother could be looking for it.