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News Releases


September 14, 2023: Be BearWise as bears become more active in fall

April 6, 2023: Be BearWise this spring

June 1, 2023: Seeing bears in unexpected areas? What you should do


September 12, 2022: BearWise tips for fall

January 20, 2022: FWC responds to bear incident in Daytona Beach

January 14, 2022: FWC responds to bear incident in Volusia County


April 13, 2021: Remove food attractants to reduce conflicts with bears

September 14, 2021: Be BearWise: Follow FWC's bear necessities this fall

November 29, 2021: BearWise Communities Making A Difference Across the Southeast

November 29, 2021: FWC recognizes two communities as BearWise in central Florida

November 29, 2021: FWC recognizes two communities as BearWise in northwest Florida

November 29, 2021: FWC recognizes two communities as BearWise in southwest Florida

November 30, 2021: Individual charged in bear case in Highlands County


September 28, 2020: Be BearWise this fall, secure garbage and other foods


December 11, 2019: Bear Management Facts

October 21, 2019: Reminder: First of two Bear Management Plan webinars this week.

October 8, 2019: FWC seeking input on update to Florida Black Bear Management Plan

September 9, 2019: Bears are more active in the fall

March 18, 2019: FWC removes dangerous bear from the Juniper Prairie Wilderness Area campsite


December 19, 2018: FWC arrests 9 for conspiracy, animal cruelty, bear baiting violations after long-term investigation

October 1, 2018: FWC: Bears more active this time of year

September 12, 2018: FWC awards 10 communities BearWise funding to reduce conflicts

August 9, 2018: FWC receives applications for 'BearWise' funding

June 4, 2018: FWC offers additional BearWise funding to reduce conflicts

May 11, 2018: FWC captures bear posing public safety threat 

May 2, 2018: Springtime spurs activity for Florida black bears

April 30, 2018: FWC working to trap bear in Longwood area


November 17, 2017: FWC awards BearWise funding to 10 communities to reduce human-bear conflicts

October 25, 2017:  10 Communities apply for BearWise funding

September 27, 2017: FWC: Bears become more active in fall

August 31, 2017: FWC releases new videos to help Florida residents avoid conflicts with bears

July 31, 2017: FWC, Franklin County and Carrabelle provide hardware to make trash cans bear resistant

July 20, 2017: New FWC BearWise funding will focus on communities with ordinances 

June 1, 2017: FWC and Seminole County providing discounted bear-resistant trash cans

May 18, 2017: Springtime spurs activity for Florida black bears, cubs

April 19, 2017: Statement regarding bear management

January 31, 2017: FWC responds to bear incident in Santa Rosa County 


December 13, 2016: FWC Awards $825,000 to Local Governments to Reduce Human- Bear Conflicts

December 1, 2016: FWC releases videos to educate Floridians on how best to avoid conflicts with bears

November 1, 2016: FWC Applauds Orange County for Working to Reduce Conflicts with Bears

October 18, 2016: FWC receives 19 proposals from local governments for bear-conflict reduction funding

September 29, 2016: FWC continues cutting-edge science to collect data on Florida’s widespread bear population

September 20, 2016: As autumn approaches, bears across Florida become more active

September 15, 2016: Final Population Modeling Confirms that Florida has a Robust and Growing Bear Population

August 17, 2016: Waste Pro and FWC team up to reduce human-bear conflicts

July 12, 2016: FWC invites communities to submit proposals for $825,000 in bear-conflict reduction funding

June 23, 2016: FWC thanks Lake County Commission for passing ordinance to help reduce bear conflicts

June 22, 2016: FWC votes to postpone bear hunting in 2016

June 10, 2016: FWC to Consider Staff Recommendation for Florida Bear Hunt, Four Options on How to Move Forward

June 3, 2016: FWC concludes bear management webinars

May 20, 2016: FWC to host public webinars to discuss bear management


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