Programmed to pack in extra calories before winter, bears can smell food a mile away and will eat almost anything. Bears may decide an overflowing trash can is easier pickings than searching for acorns and berries. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is asking the public to report their sightings of Florida black bears or their tracks to a new Web page at https://public.myfwc.com/fwri/blackbear/. Biologists are especially interested in sightings of a female bear with cubs.
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