FWC Bear Management Program

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Franklin County residents have at least two opportunities to make their regular trash cans bear-proof, thanks to a grant. Florida wildlife officials are looking to add hardware to help reduce human-bear conflicts in the area.

Bear-Resident Trash Cans For Wakulla County Residents

Jun 23, 2017
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Wakulla County residents will now be able to keep their garbage safe from bears in the area, thanks to a grant from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commisison

Spring is in the air, hungry Florida black bears are looking for love, and state game officials are urging caution.

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.

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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.