Florida Black Bear

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Florida’s first bear hunt in decades ended after just two days. While the number of bears culled never reached the 320-bear-target the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission had set, officials closed the hunt early to maintain what they call a conservative hunt.

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.

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