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Our Recovering Florida Black Bear Population

Florida Black Bear visiting an easy food source. Photo by Jennifer Bearden Florida Black Bear are the largest land mammals in the state of Florida. At birth they are smaller than a soda can but they quickly grow up to 250-400 pounds for males and 125-250 pounds for females. Even though black bears are large animals, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/04/24/our-recovering-florida-black-bear-population/

Black Bears and Wildlife Feeders: Tips to Make Your Feeder Bear Resistant

Panhandle Florida has two geographically distinct populations of black bears. Florida’s black bear population estimate was as low as 300 in the 1970s, today the population estimate is more than 3,000 bears distributed in seven geographically distinct areas of the state (Figure 1.)  The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has developed a long-term …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/11/17/black-bears-and-wildlife-feeders-tips-to-make-your-feeder-bear-resistant/