FWC Black Bear Stock Photo (File)

A Florida black bear tries to get into a bear-resistant trash bin.

A black bear roaming around Crystal River stirred numerous sightings Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020.

Crystal River City Manager Ken Frink said the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was notified, but won’t act unless the animal causes issues.

Frink said the bear was seen in the southeast part of the city, south of State Road 44. 

Other commenters on the city’s Facebook page also reported seeing the bear earlier in the area of SR 44 and County Road 486, and east of U.S. 19’s junction with S.R. 44.

Residents are encouraged not to leave pet food or birdseed outside overnight, and should put garbage out to the curb the day of pickup.

Contact Chronicle reporter Buster Thompson at 352-564-2916 or bthompson@chronicleonline.com.