Florida Black Bear

Daniel Arndt

Florida’s first bear hunt in decades is scheduled to start near the end of October. It’s a move wildlife officials say will help to control the animal’s population. But activists allege in a court case, the hunt is evidence the agency is failing to follow its duty under the state constitution to protect wildlife.

Daniel Arndt

Florida Fish and Wildlife officials are moving forward with a plan to open a bear hunting season for the first time in more than 20 years. That’s thanks, in part, to an increase in human-bear interactions.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission Chairman Richard Corbett says conflicts between humans and bears have become serious and dangerous.

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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.

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.

Tallahassee Sees Increase in Bear Sightings

Jun 14, 2012

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.