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FWC captures bear posing public safety threat

Media contact: Greg Workman, 352-239-2763; Chad Weber, 352-414-8451 Release Date: 05-11-2018   All Articles Tags:

This morning the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) captured a bear exhibiting escalating conflict behavior in the Longwood area of Seminole County.  

FWC biologists believe the adult bear is responsible for attacking several dogs and opening and entering multiple unoccupied, parked vehicles. This week, the bear entered a garage by breaking through the side door.

These types of conflicts are rare for Florida black bears. Public safety is a top priority of the FWC, so this bear was humanely killed due to its escalating conflict behavior that posed a risk to the public. One of the two yearlings traveling with this bear was also captured and released into the Ocala National Forest. Yearlings generally separate from the adult in May or June as breeding season begins, so biologists do not have concerns about the yearlings’ ability to thrive in the wild.

 FWC biologists will continue to monitor the area for the remaining yearling, and if appropriate will attempt to capture the bear.

The FWC encourages residents to continue using BearWise practices including securing food attractants such as garbage, pet food and birdseed. Residents should keep garage doors closed, lock car doors and announce their presence before going outdoors or letting pets outside, especially in the mornings and evenings when bears are most active.

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