Bears use a variety of habitats depending on the season.  Ideal habitats provide food, shelter, and corridors for travel.

Flatwoods

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Swamps

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Scrub oak ridges

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Bayheads

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Preferred habitats contain trees and shrubs that produce nuts and fruits.   There are 19 species of oaks native to Florida and each produces a different kind of acorn, most are seasonal favorites of bears. The most important plants to Florida’s bears are palmettos (Serenoa repens).

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Bears eat the heart and berries from the plant and female bears den in dense palmetto stands when giving birth every other year in late January or early February.

 



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