Your Bear Management Unit (BMU) – The South BMU

South BMU Bear Range Map - Brown=Abundant; Beige=Common; Tan=Occasional; Eggshell= Rare

 

The South Bear Management Unit includes Broward, Collier, Hendry, Lee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach counties and contains the Big Cypress subpopulation, named after the Big Cypress National Preserve.  The plan’s objectives Adobe PDF for the South BMU are to maintain or increase the current bear subpopulation with the necessary habitat to support them, create forested connections with the South Central BMU, and to reduce human-bear conflicts and habitat fragmentation. In 2002, the FWC estimated 516 to 878 bears lived in the Big Cypress subpopulation. In 2015, the FWC estimated there to be an average of 1,040 bears in the South BMU.

The Florida Black Bear Management Plan called for the creation of Bear Stakeholder Groups for each of the seven bear subpopulations. These groups are made up of local residents, government officials, non-profit organization staff, FWC staff, business owners, property managers, and other interested individuals in the South BMU. The Group meets several times a year to discuss bear management and research.

Are you interested in being a part of the Bear Stakeholder Group?  Email us at: BearPlan@MyFWC.com

  

Vehicle strikes account for the majority of bear deaths in Florida statewide.  The number of bears killed by vehicles, or euthanized due to vehicle injuries, documented each year in the South BMU can be seen below.

South BMU Bear Roadkills Bar Graph - See Caption Below

Caption: This bar graph shows the number of bears killed by vehicle strikes in the South BMU from 2000 to 2017, totaling 114 bears.

2010 = 4 bears

2011 =11 bears

2012 = 9 bears

2013 = 14 bears

2014 = 20 bears

2015 = 22 bears

2016 = 17 bears

2017 = 17 bears

 

 

Each year, FWC receives thousands of calls statewide from the public about bears.  The following chart shows the number of bear-related reports FWC received from the South BMU. The sharp increase in calls between 2010 and 2011 is partially due to a shift in how FWC documents calls in this BMU.

South BMU Bear Related Calls Bar Graph - See Caption Below

Caption: This bar graph shows the number of South BMU bear related calls received by FWC from the public from 2010 to 2017, totaling 4,544 calls.
2010 = 114 calls
2011 = 510 calls
2012 = 701 calls
2013 = 812 calls
2014 = 702 calls
2015 = 618 calls

2016 = 503 calls

2017 = 584 calls

 

 

The following pie chart represents the reasons people call FWC about bears in the South BMU.

South BMU Reasons for Bear Related Calls Pie Chart - See Caption Below 

Caption: This pie chart shows the reason for South BMU bear related calls received by FWC from the public from 2010 to 2017, totaling 4,544 calls. General Interaction (light blue slice) = 43%; In Garbage (brown slice) = 33%; Sick/Dead Bear (dark green slice) = 8%; Property Damage (orange slice) = 8%;  Bear-Animal Encounter (yellow slice) = 3%; In Structure (dark grey slice) = 2%; Miscellaneous (light grey slice) = 1%; Public Safety Incident (light green slice) = 1%;  Illegal Activity (dark blue slice) = <1%

 

We look forward to working with you to conserve and manage Florida’s black bears.



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