Selected Research Publications

This selection features publications by FWRI black bear research staff.

Scientists with the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute publish Florida black bear research results in agency reports, journals and other professional publications. The list below contains selected publications on black bear research, some of which include a link to where they can be accessed or downloaded. For a complete list of publications on the Florida black bear, including those written by non-FWC scientists, browse the Bibliography of Literature on the Florida Black Bearicon_pdf.gif.

Search Publications by Time Period:Pre-1990 | 1990-2000 | 2000-2010 | 2010-Present

 

Pre-1990

Harlow, R. F. 1962. Osteometric data for the Florida black bear. Journal of the Florida Academy of Science 25:257-274.

Stafford, S. K. and L. E. Williams, Jr. 1968. Data on capturing black bears with alpha-chloralose. Proceedings of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 22:161-165. Access Publication.

McDaniel, J. 1974. Habitat of the black bear in Florida. Eastern Black Bear Workshop 2:157-162.

Williams, L.E., Jr. 1979. Threatened: Florida black bear. Pages 23-25 in Rare and Endangered Biota of Florida, Vol. 1, Mammals, J. N. Layne (ed.), University Press of Florida. Gainesville, Florida. Access Publication.

Maehr, D. S. and J. R. Brady. 1982. Fall food habits of black bears in Baker and Columbia counties, Florida. Proceedings of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 36:565-570. Access Publication.

Maehr, D. S. and J. R. Brady. 1982. Florida black bear-beekeeper conflict: 1981 beekeeper survey. American Bee Journal 122(5):372-375. Access Publication.

Maehr, D.S. and J.R. Brady. 1984. Comparison of food habits in two north Florida black bear populations. Florida Scientist 47:171-175. Access Publication.

Maehr, D. S., and J. R. Brady. 1984. Food habits of Florida black bears. Journal of Wildlife Management 48(1):230-235. Access Publication.

Maehr, D. S. 1984. The black bear as a seed disperser in Florida. Florida Field Naturalist 12:40-42. Access Publication.

Maehr, D. S. 1984. Black bear depredation on bee yards in Florida. Pages 133-135 in D. J. Decker (ed.), Proceedings of the First Eastern Wildlife Damage Control Conference, Ithaca, New York, USA. Access Publication.

Brady, J.R. and D.S. Maehr. 1985. Distribution of black bears in Florida. Florida Field Naturalist 13:1-7. Access Publication.

Forrester, D. J., J. A. Conti, and R. C. Belden. 1985. Demodicosis in black bears (Ursus americanus) from Florida. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 29:136-138.

Maehr, D. S., and J. T. DeFazio, Jr. 1985. Foods of black bears in Florida. Florida Field Naturalist 13:8-12. Access Publication.

Pirtle, E. C., M. E. Rolke, and J. R. Brady. 1986. Antibodies against pseudo rabies virus in the serum of a Florida black bear cub. Journal American Veterinary Medicine Association 189:1164.

Wooding, J. B. and J. R. Brady. 1987. Black bear roadkills in Florida. Proceedings of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 41:438-442.
Publication may be accessed here: Access Publication.

Maehr, D. S. and J. N. Layne, E. D. Land, J. W. McCown, and J. C. Roof. 1988. Long distance movements of a Florida black bear. Florida Field. Naturalist 16(1):1-6.
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Wooding, J. B. and T. S. Hardisky. 1988. Black bear habitat study. Final Performance Report, Study 7552. Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, Tallahassee, Florida

Wooding, J. B., N. L. Hunter, and T. S. Hardisky. 1988. Trap and release apiary-raiding black bears. Proceedings of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 42:333-336. Access Publication.

 

1990-2000

Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission. 1992. A review of black bear hunting in Florida. A Staff Report to the Commission. Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, Tallahassee, Florida.

Maehr, D.S. and J.B. Wooding. 1992. Threatened: Florida black bear, Ursus americanus floridanus, Family: Ursidae, Order: Carnivora. Pages 265-275 in S. R. Humphrey, (ed.), Rare and Endangered Biota of Florida, Volume 1, Mammals. University Press of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. Access Publication.

Wooding, J. B. and T. S. Hardisky. 1992. Denning by black bears in northcentral Florida. Journal Mammalogy 73:895-898.

Wooding, J. B., S. M. Shea, M. L. Richardson, and D. Y. Dowling. 1992. Movements of a female black bear in northwestern Florida. Florida Field Naturalist 20(2):46-48.
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Duda, M. D. and K. C. Young. 1993. Floridian’s opinions on black bear hunting in Florida. Final Report to the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission. Responsive Management, Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Seibert, S. G. 1993. Status and management of black bears in Apalachicola National Forest. Final Report, Study 7551. Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, Tallahassee, Florida.

Land, E. D. 1994. Southwest Florida black bear habitat use, distribution, movements, and conservation strategy. Final Report, Study 7552. Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, Tallahassee, Florida

Seibert, S. G. and J. B. Wooding. 1994. Evaluation of breakaway radio collars on black bears in Florida. Proceedings of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 48:247-251. Access Publication.

Wooding, J. B. and T. S. Hardisky. 1994. Home range, habitat use, and mortality of black bears in north-central Florida. International Conference Bear Research and Management 9:349-356.

Wooding, J. B. and R. C. Maddrey. 1994. Impact of roads on black bears. Eastern Black Bear Workshop 12:124-129.

Dunbar, M. R., J. B. Wooding, and L. A. Thomas. 1995. Salmonella hartford infection in a Florida black bear, (Ursus americanus floridanus). Florida. Scientist 58(3):252-254. Access Publication.

Seibert, S. G. 1995. Winter movements and denning of black bears in northwest Florida. Proceedings of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 49:283-291. Access Publication.

Wooding, J. B. 1995. Black bear reintroduction planning study. Final Report, Study 7557. Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, Tallahassee, Florida.

Dunbar, M. R., M. W. Cunningham, J. B. Wooding, and R. Roth. 1996. Cryptorchidism and delayed testicular descent in Florida black bears. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 32(4):661-664. Access Publication.

Gilbert, T. and J. Wooding. 1996. An overview of black bear roadkills in Florida 1976-1995. 15 pages in G. L. Evink, P. Garrett, D. Zeigler, and J. Berry (eds.), Trends in Addressing Transportation Related Wildlife Mortality, Proceedings of the Transportation Related Wildlife Mortality Seminar. State of Florida Department of Transportation, Orlando, Florida, USA.

Roof, J. and J. Wooding. 1996. Evaluation of S.R. 46 wildlife crossing in Lake County, Florida. 7 pages in G. L. Evink, P. Garrett, D. Zeigler, and J. Berry (eds.), Trends in Addressing Transportation Related Wildlife Mortality, Proceedings of the Transportation Related Wildlife Mortality Seminar. State of Florida Department of Transportation, Orlando, Florida, USA.

Wooding, J. B. 1996. Feasibility of stocking bears in the Big Bend region. Final Report, Study 7554. Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, Tallahassee, Florida. 8 pp.

Wooding, J. B. and B. J. Bukata. 1996. Litter size and age of first breeding of Florida black bears. Proceedings of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 50:609-613.

Roof, J. C. 1997. Black bear food habits in the lower Wekiva River basin of central Florida. Florida Field Naturalist 25(3):92-97. Access Publication.

Seibert, S. G., J. Roof, and D. S. Maehr. 1997. Family dissolution in the Florida black bear. Florida Field Naturalist 25(3):103-104. Access Publication.

Dunbar, M. R., M. W. Cunningham, and J. C. Roof. 1998. Seroprevalence of selected disease agents from free-ranging black bears in Florida. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 34(3):612-619. Access Publication.

 

2000-2010

Gilbert, T. 2000. Prioritization of statewide bear roadkill problem areas. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Tallahassee. 30 pp.

Cunningham, M. W., L. A. Phillips, and C. Wellbourn. 2001. Trombiculiasis in the Florida black bear. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 37:634-639

McCown, J. W., and T. H. Eason. 2001. Black bear movements and habitat use relative to roads in Ocala National Forest: preliminary findings. Pages 397-404 in G. L. Evink, L. Coryell, L. Terwilliger, C. McCraken, K. Yondora, A. Peppers, and D. Zeigler (eds.), A Time For Action, Proceedings of the International Conference on Ecology and Transportation. North Carolina State University, Keystone, Colorado, USA.
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McCown, W., P. Kubilis, T. Eason, and B. Scheick. 2004. Black bear movements and habitat use relative to roads in Ocala National Forest. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Tallahassee, Florida, Final Report. FDOT Contract # BD-016.

Simek, S. L., S. A. Jonker, B. K. Scheick, M. J. Endries, and T. H. Eason. 2005. Statewide Assessment of Road Impacts on Bears in Six Study Areas in Florida from May 2001 – September 2003. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Tallahassee, Florida. Final Report for FDOT Contract BC-972.

Dixon, J. D., M. K. Oli, M. C. Wooten, T. H. Eason, J. W. McCown, D. Paetkau. 2006. Effectiveness of a regional corridor in connecting two Florida black bear populations. Conservation Biology 20(1):155-162. Access Publication.

Moyer, M. A., J. W. McCown, T. H. Eason, and M. K. Oli. 2006. Does genetic relatedness influence space use patterns? A test on Florida black bears. Journal of Mammalogy 87(2):255-261. Access Publication.

Cunningham, M.W., S. Terrell, B. Feree, and L.M. Penfold. 2007. Epizootiology of generalized Demodicosis in a Florida black bear population. Proceedings of 56th Annual Wildlife Disease Association Conference. Estes Park, Colorado.

Dixon, J. D., M. K. Oli, M. C. Wooten, T. H. Eason, J. W. McCown, and M. W. Cunningham. 2007. Genetic consequences of habitat fragmentation and loss: the case of the Florida black bear (Ursus americanus floridanus). Conservation Genetics 8:455-464. Access Publication.

Garrison, E. P., J. W. McCown, and M. K. Oli. 2007. Reproductive ecology and cub survival of Florida black bears. Journal of Wildlife Management 720-727.
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Moyer, M. A., J. W. McCown, and M. K. Oli. 2007. Factors influencing home-range size of female Florida black bears. Journal of Mammalogy 88:468-476.

Annis, K.M. 2008. The impact of translocation on nuisance Florida black bears. Thesis,  University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Moyer, M.A., J.W. McCown, and M.K. Oli. 2008. Scale-dependent habitat selection by female Florida black bears in Ocala National Forest, Florida. Southeastern Naturalist 7(1):111-124. Access Publication.

Hostetler, J.A., J.W. McCown, E.P. Garrison, A.M. Neils, M.A. Barrett, M.E. Sunquist, S.L. Simek, and M.K. Oli. 2009. Demographic consequences of anthropogenic influences: Florida black bears in north-central Florida. Biological Conservation 142:2456-2463. Access Publication.

McCown, J. W., P. Kubilis, T. H. Eason, and B. K. Scheick. 2009. Effect of traffic volume on American black bears in central Florida, USA. Ursus 20(1):39-46.
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Scheick, B. K., M. W. Cunningham, J. W. McCown, and M. A. Orlando. 2009. Anchor modification for a foot-hold snare to capture American black bears. Ursus 20(1):47-49. Access Publication.

Van Den Bussche, R. A., J. B. Lack, D. P. Onorato, L. C. Gardner-Santana, B. R. McKinney, J. Delgado Villalobos, M. J. Chamberlain, D. White, Jr., and E. C. Hellgren. 2009. Mitochondrial DNA phylogeography of black bears (Ursus americanus) in central and southern North America: conservation implications. Journal of Mammalogy 90(5):1075-1082. Access Publication.

 

2010-Present

Garrison, E. P., J. W. McCown, M. A. Barrett, and M. K. Oli. 2012. Denning ecology of Florida black bears in North-central Florida. Southeastern Naturalist 11:517-528.
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McCown, J.W., and B. K. Scheick. 2012. Range update and genetic analysis of American black bear in the Chassahowitzka subpopulation. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Tallahassee, Florida, Final Report. IHR2012-005. 28 pp.

Neils, A. 2011. Florida black bears (Ursus americanus floridanus) at the urban-wildland interface: Are they different? Thesis, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.



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