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Learning to mitigate your risks

Learning to mitigate your risks

We live in the most beautiful place in Florida, along the coast’s most beautiful beach. It is paradise. We are also fortunate to live among some pretty spectacular wildlife. The list includes bald eagles, ospreys, deer, coyotes, bears, sea turtles, manatees, dolphins, sharks and so many other species. Nearly every day we see a video […]

Speaker series aims to Decontaminate Navarre

Speaker series aims to Decontaminate Navarre

Addressing issues ranging from algae blooms fed by fertilizer runoff to an increasing number of bear encounters due to loss of habitat, the Navarre Garden Club has created the Decontaminate Navarre speaker series to help the community tackle concerns facing our environment. Navarre Garden Club President Ginger Eisele said the club launched the series in […]

Fall months bring spike in activity among Florida’s largest land mammal

Fall months bring spike in activity among Florida’s largest land mammal

It’s a safe bet bears aren’t watching their figures in the fall and winter months. This is the time of the year when they are most active, that being the fall and winter months, as they pack on the pounds by consuming as many calories as possible. Read the full article in the Oct. 11 […]

Trash can latches put to the test by bears in HBTS

Trash can latches put to the test by bears in HBTS

Bears come around often to Mark Clapp’s home in Holley By the Sea. Back in March, he posted a photo on Facebook that showed his trash can, featuring a latch provided through the Bearwise program, had survived an attempt by a bear to get into it. Read the full article in the April 19 issue […]

Bearwise grant money available from HBTS

Bearwise grant money available from HBTS

Holley By The Sea has in excess of $10,000 available in leftover grant money from the Bearwise program that is now available for not-for-profit businesses to use for wildlife-resistant trash storage. Tom Beckman said HBTS came in significantly under budget with its Bearwise efforts, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has given the […]

When bears come calling

When bears come calling

The situation we have in Navarre with bears is unfortunate. Scroll through Facebook and you will see both sides of the issue with neither side willing to bend on their opinion. The bears must go…don’t harm the bears…we moved into their territory…protect your children and family from bears. This all came to a head when […]

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 […]

Biologist aims to curb bear-human conflicts

Biologist aims to curb bear-human conflicts

Mike Orlando has worked as a bear biologist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for more than 20 years and has been involved in his fair share of encounters with bears. It comes with the territory of his job. Read the full article in the April 13 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online […]

County rejects BearWise funding

County rejects BearWise funding

Santa Rosa County had to decide if accepting the $150,000 in funding from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to implement the BearWise Safety program was worth it. Turns out it’s not. The board of county commissioners voted at its meeting Thursday to turn down the funds, which would have been matched by the […]

Counties to receive money to help curb bear conflicts

Counties to receive money to help curb bear conflicts

State money was spread across 12 counties on Tuesday to help reduce the potential for conflicts between Florida’s bear and human populations. Most of the $825,000 in “BearWise” program money will go to lower the cost of bear-resistant trash cans for residents, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission said in a release announcing the […]

Roadway collisions with bears on the rise

Roadway collisions with bears on the rise

Drivers are warned to be aware of bears on roadways because it’s not uncommon for an accident to occur that involves a bear being hit by a car. More than 3,200 bears have been killed on roads in the state between 1990 and 2015, with more than 200 being killed in each of the last […]

Bear-control law shot down

Bear-control law shot down

No, residents of Santa Rosa won’t be breaking the law by failing to pick up ripe fruit that has fallen from trees or bushes in their yards. County commissioners this week unanimously rejected adopting an ordinance modeled after one in Seminole County that contains such requirements. Despite numerous complaints of black bears being a nuisance, […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for June 24

5 Things to Know in Florida for June 24

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today. Wildlife commissioners to take final vote on bear hunting The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will take a final vote on whether to allow bear hunting in the state. Commissioners are scheduled to discuss the issue […]

Possibility for bear hunting season in Florida

Possibility for bear hunting season in Florida

Online petitions are circulating in the hope of preventing the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission from lifting the ban on hunting bears in the state. The ban has been in place since 1994 after certain species were put on an endangered list. The petitioners are asking that the FWC find non-lethal methods to reduce […]

Bear attacks Central Florida woman

Bear attacks Central Florida woman

Wildlife officials are warning residents to watch out for bears on the move, particularly after a central Florida woman was attacked by a bear outside her home. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says Terri Frana encountered the bear Saturday night outside her Lake Mary home. Officials say that while several bears were observed nearby, only one bear was responsible for Frana’s injuries. Frana was treated at a hospital and […]

Update: man fined for shooting bears

Update: man fined for shooting bears

An 83-year-old Fort Walton Beach man was ordered Friday to pay $750 in fines and fees and complete a hunter’s safety course for fatally shooting two Florida black bears Oct. 18, 2013. According to court records, Okaloosa County Judge T. Patterson Maney withheld adjudication on the two misdemeanor charges that stemmed from the incident near […]