The reality of the bear problem in Florida is that it’s not going away.
It’s why informational public workshops such as the one held Tuesday night at First Baptist Church in Navarre have become the norm in an effort to find the best way to deal with human-bear conflicts.
“We want to empower people so that they don’t feel helpless in dealing with the bear problem,” said Kevin Shea, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Director for Northwest Florida. “There are a lot of things we can do to help ourselves.”
State Representative Doug Broxson orchestrated the meeting, pointing to the challenges that come as a result of a growing bear problem, and FWC bear biologist Kaitlin Goode led a 30-minute presentation featuring facts about bears and ways people can combat the issue.
Goode pointed out bears will avoid humans most of the time as they do not like confrontation. Making noise tends to work well in an effort to scare them off.
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