Florida Black Bear

WFSU Local
6:06 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

FWC To Host Last Workshop To Get Public’s Help In Managing Local Black Bears

A big Florida Black Bear
FWC's Flickr

Florida Fish and Wildlife officials are holding a workshop Tuesday to discuss the management of the black bear population in the east Florida Panhandle area. It’s the last of six workshops to get people involved in working with the FWC on local bear issues.

By blowing air out of their noses as well as opening and closing their jaw, Florida black bears are doing what's called huffing and popping its jaw. That's a defensive noise they make because they feel uncomfortable—much like the rattling sound a rattlesnake makes as a sign of warning.

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WFSU Local
5:59 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Uptick In Panhandle Bear Sightings Prompts 'Cohabitate Safely With Bears' Workshop

Rise in black bear population is causing an increase in bear sightings by Florida Panhandle residents.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

The number of bear sightings is on the rise in the Florida Panhandle.  State wildlife officials are holding a workshop to teach residents how to safely cohabitate with the bears.

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WFSU Local
12:00 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Tallahassee Sees Increase in Bear Sightings


Florida Black Bears are making their presence known in Tallahassee. Younger bears are finding themselves entering human environments more often, as they search for their own territory.

Ever since the state outlawed bear hunting in 1994, their numbers have soared. Animal Curator at the Tallahassee Museum, Mike Jones, warns that the bears being seen are younger and may be more daring and unafraid of people.

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WFSU Local, environment
4:54 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

Bear-proofing becomes an issue in Okaloosa

Florida wildlife officials are proposing a pilot project for bear-proof garbage cans in one Panhandle county. Regan McCarthy has more.

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