APOPKA, Fla. (AP) -- Wildlife officials are keeping a close eye on a black bear that climbed a tree in central Florida.

Officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission say the bear climbed the tree Monday near a busy road in Apopka. Officials are concerned that the bear will climb down and run into traffic.

WFTV reported Florida Highway Patrol troopers kept people away from the tree. Resident Omar Elkalyoubie told the TV station he was worried that "people were so close to it earlier" and he hopes officials can get the bear down "without hurting it."