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Bear sightings more likely than ever in Florida

Bear sightings more likely than ever in Florida

Bear sightings have become more common, and it isn’t just people thinking they are seeing bears visible to the public more than ever before. The odds are as good as they have ever been in the last 100 years. “As both the human and bear populations continue to increase in Florida, there are more opportunities […]

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission euthanizes bear

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission euthanizes bear

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission responded Saturday to the scene of an incident involving a man and his dog being injured by a bear in Gulf Breeze. A man let his dog outside in the front yard and a bear encountered the pet. Read the full article in the Feb. 2 issue of […]

Money from state helping fuel growth of BearWise program

Money from state helping fuel growth of BearWise program

It’s too early to tell just how effective the BearWise program will be in Florida but efforts have intensified to make it something that goes a long way in reducing the number of bear-human conflicts. A total of 12 counties received money from the state last week, including Santa Rosa County. The money will be […]

FWC takes new approach to bear awareness: citations

FWC takes new approach to bear awareness: citations

Glen Berry wasn’t thrilled last month when he received a citation from a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer for his bird feeder because it is a bear attractant. The bear that roamed into the yard of his Navarre home, however, wasn’t initially hungry for bird seed. “I wasn’t given the citation for my […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 13

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 13

MAN CHARGED WITH KIDNAPPING FLORIDA GIRL WAIVES EXTRADITION During a court hearing Wednesday in Memphis, West Wild Hogs agreed to be returned to Florida to face the kidnapping charge. He was arrested at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis on Monday after two hospital workers recognized Hogs and Rebecca Lewis from an Amber Alert. Authorities say the 31-year-old […]

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 […]

FWC commends recently approved Seminole County bear ordinance

FWC commends recently approved Seminole County bear ordinance

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission commends Seminole County on its unanimous vote Tuesday to approve an ordinance that will help deter bears from lingering in Seminole County neighborhoods. The ordinance requires residents to take precautions to remove food attractants such as unsecured garbage and encourages the use of bear-resistant trash receptacles. Read the […]

Conservation group seeks injunction to block bear hunt

Conservation group seeks injunction to block bear hunt

Tallahassee, Fla. (AP) — A Seminole County conservation group suing to stop Florida’s bear hunt has asked a judge for an emergency hearing, saying the hunt could undo decades of conservation work if hunters surpass the state’s quota. Multiple media outlets report that lawyers for Lake Mary-based “Speak Up, Wekiva,” a conservation group, told a Leon County Circuit Court judge […]