bear population

Learning to live with bears

Learning to live with bears

H.D. and Dina Smith have no issue at all with bears being frequent guests in the backyard of their Navarre home. “They are beautiful animals. We love watching them,” Dina said. Her husband echoes those thoughts. “It’s a neat thing to see. We’ve never felt threatened,” H.D. said. “We are in their habitat.” Bears have […]

FWC discusses ways to deal with human-bear conflicts

FWC discusses ways to deal with human-bear conflicts

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 […]

Bear hunt decision still in the woods

Bear hunt decision still in the woods

It remains to be seen if a bear hunt will take place in Florida for the second-consecutive year. The state allowed bear hunting in select areas for the first time in 20 years last October and a total of 304 were killed, including 143 in the central part of the state. The quota set by […]