Bear scare causes delay at Butler Elementary (UPDATE)

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Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 03:20 PM.

Shortly after 1:30 p.m. today, the Walton County Sheriff's Office made this post on Facebook:

"If you experience delays at Butler Elementary, the school resource deputy is currently negotiating with a small bear to leave the premises. Thank you for your patience while we make sure your students are safe for release."

FWC spokesman Stan Kirkland told The Sun that when FWC personnel arrived on the scene, they found the bear underneath one of the school buses parked in back of the school. The men have called for a dart gun to put the bear to sleep, so it can be relocated.

A visit to the school by The Sun found a long line of cars and sheriff's deputies onsite directing traffic. Meanwhile, school maintenance personnel were blocking entrance to the back of the school.

The worker said the large black bear was roaming back and forth behind the school and not inside a fenced area.

A representative at the school said students were kept inside the school, and parents were advised to stay in their car as a safety precaution.

"We are safely loading busses one by one," Kim Sincoskie, data control specialist, told The Sun at the time. "The Sheriff's Office and wildlife control are keeping an eye on the bear. And we will get the students out to the cars shortly."

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