Florida's wildlife is amazing and must be protected. They're not furry little animals but neither are they predatory. Basically they don't want to be near people and normally only dangerous if cornered or protecting their young. Like most animals (even us), they are curious and like to eat - primarily plants, berries, nuts and bugs so are extremely vital to our ecosystem. Their sense of smell is 9 times stronger than a bloodhound. Bear biologists believe that a healthy bear population needs at least 400,000 acres of habitat land to survive!
Two people were injured since December 2013 in central Florida by black bears. Bears are usually lure them into neighborhoods by making garbage readily available. In the most recent incident, FWC killed 7 bears in less than a week, declaring all bears in the area dangerous and exterminating them immediately. That is NOT a solution.
We urgently need solutions. Anyone interested please become active before it is too late for these incredible animals.