black bears

Bear kills pet dog in Gulf Breeze

Bear kills pet dog in Gulf Breeze

A black bear killed a dog in a backyard in Gulf Breeze Sunday according to a statement from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) released to Monday. According to the statement, shortly after 10 p.m., FWC dispatch was notified of an incident involving a black bear and a dog in Gulf Breeze. An adult […]

Bears close Navarre Park for a nap

Bears close Navarre Park for a nap

Friday two bears were caught napping in a pine tree in Navarre Park. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation (FWC), along with the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office, closed Navarre Park for the safety of visitors. According to FWC’s website, the black bear is the only species of bear in Florida. Bears are solitary by nature […]

Funding cut for BearWise program

Funding cut for BearWise program

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is looking in a different direction after funding for the BearWise program was cut out of the new state budget for the fiscal year that begins in July. Consideration had been made by state lawmakers to earmark $500,000 for BearWise, a program that provides bear-resistant garbage containers to […]

Workshop highlights how to deal with presence of coyotes

Workshop highlights how to deal with presence of coyotes

Black bears take center stage in terms of grabbing the attention of the community, but coyotes are also a big part of the wildlife scene here in Florida. Elizabeth Heikkinen, an assistant wildlife biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission discussed coyotes in more detail with the community Thursday afternoon. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Wildlife initiative takes aim at minimizing impact of development in Florida

Wildlife initiative takes aim at minimizing impact of development in Florida

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is in a race against time, trying to get ahead of the game in preserving land, wildlife and water for future generations. Initially launched as the Wildlife 2060 Initiative — it’s now been switched to 2070 due to projection changes – a game plan has been laid out to […]

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 […]

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

1. WHAT NO SUPREME COURT NOMINEE HAS DONE Brett Kavanaugh is interviewed on television, telling Fox News Channel that he never sexually assaulted anyone in high school or at any other time in his life. 2. ‘AMERICA FIRST’ AGENDA FACING NEW SCRUTINY At the United Nations General Assembly, Trump is set defend his rapprochement with […]

Coyote sightings put area residents on edge

Coyote sightings put area residents on edge

  In Navarre, the common wildlife concern is black bears. They steal from backyard bird feeders, overturn garbage cans and cause complaints, but they are not the only large predator roaming our area. Coyotes have been reported in Florida since the 1970s, and for residents of the Navarre Shores subdivision they have become a nuisance, […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 16

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 16

FORMER INMATE: MAN ACCUSED OF ARSON WAS BULLIED Ralph Alfonso said Thursday that he thinks someone must have put Joseph Schreiber up to setting fire Sunday to the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce because he isn’t capable of planning such a crime himself. Alfonso said the 32-year-old Schreiber joined the Messianic Jewish congregation he led […]

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, […]

Wildlife commissioners approve bear hunting

Wildlife commissioners approve bear hunting

Florida wildlife officials on Wednesday approved a new bear hunting season in the state just a few years after it was removed from the state’s threatened species list. After hours of impassioned public comment, mostly in opposition to the new hunting regulations, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted 5-1 for a limited black […]