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Bears by the Numbers

Florida Black Bear Populations

The infographic shows the 2014/2015 bear population estimates for each of the seven bear subpopulations with the percent change from the 2002 population estimate. The Big Bend and South Central subpopulations were completed in 2010 and 2011, therefore comparisons are not available.

West Panhandle = 120 bears (50% increase)

East Panhandle = 1,060 bears (86% increase)

North = 500 bears (92% increase)

Central = 1,200 bears (17% increase)

Big Bend = 30 bears

South Central = 100 bears

South = 1,040 bears (49% increase)

Statewide Total = 4,050 (53% increase)

Dated: 03/17/2017

Statewide Bear Data

Figure 1: This bar graph shows the number of statewide bear related calls, and percentage of core and non-core complaints received by FWC from the public from 2002 to 2021, totaling 84,707 calls.

2002 = 1,364 calls (52% Core, 48% Non-Core),
2003 = 1,104 calls (47% Core, 53% Non-Core),
2004 = 1,594 calls (52% Core, 48% Non-Core),
2005 = 1,919 calls (51% Core, 49% Non-Core),
2006 = 2,154 calls (45% Core, 55% Non-Core),
2007 = 2,795 calls (52% Core, 48% Non-Core),
2008 = 2,745 calls (54% Core, 46% Non-Core),
2009 = 3,340 calls (58% Core, 42% Non-Core),
2010 = 4,196 calls (59% Core, 41% Non-Core),
2011 = 4,092 calls (54% Core, 46% Non-Core),
2012 = 6,212 calls (51% Core, 49% Non-Core),
2013 = 6,734 calls (54% Core, 46% Non-Core),
2014 = 6,688 calls (47% Core, 53% Non-Core),
2015 = 6,048 calls (49% Core, 51% Non-Core),
2016 = 5,129 calls (44% Core, 56% Non-Core),
2017 = 6,189 calls (47% Core, 53% Non-Core),
2018 = 5,480 calls (39% Core, 61% Non-Core),
2019 = 5,390 calls (38% Core, 62% Non-Core),
2020 = 5,808 calls (40% Core, 60% Non-Core),
2021 = 5,726 calls (40% Core, 60% Non-Core).

Core complaints are conflicts, whereas non-core complaints are interactions that could be positive or negative.

Figure 2: This pie chart shows the reason for statewide bear related calls received by FWC from the public from 2002 to 2021, totaling 84,707 calls.

General Interaction (light blue slice) = 40%;
In Garbage (brown slice) = 30%;
Property Damage (orange slice) = 12%;
Sick/Dead Bear (dark green slice) = 11%;
Bear-Animal Encounter (yellow slice) = 3%;
Miscellaneous (light grey slice) = <2%;
Public Safety Incident (light green slice) = 1%;
Illegal Activity (dark blue slice) = <1%;
In Structure (dark grey slice) = 1%.

Figure 3: This bar graph shows the number of bears killed statewide by either road, management, illegal, harvest, or other causes of death from 2002 to 2021, totaling 5,335 bears.

2002 = 158 bears (133 road, 8 management, 11 illegal, 6 other),
2003 = 132 bears (111 road, 4 management, 8 illegal, 9 other),
2004 = 147 bears (130 road, 3 management, 8 illegal, 6 other),
2005 = 155 bears (145 road, 0 management, 8 illegal, 2 other),
2006 = 160 bears (143 road, 4 management, 10 illegal, 3 other),
2007 = 203 bears (172 road, 15 management, 9 illegal, 7 other),
2008 = 184 bears (156 road, 13 management, 10 illegal, 5 other),
2009 = 177 bears (135 road, 24 management, 8 illegal, 10 other),
2010 = 210 bears (168 road, 14 management, 17 illegal, 11 other),
2011 = 234 bears (194 road, 18 management, 17 illegal, 11 other),
2012 = 328 bears (285 road, 19 management, 13 illegal, 11 other),
2013 = 283 bears (232 road, 28 management, 14 illegal, 9 other),
2014 = 331 bears (245 road, 54 management, 20 illegal, 12 other),
2015 = 680 bears (248 road, 103 management, 7 illegal, 16 other, 306 harvest),
2016 = 307 bears (231 road, 36 management, 19 illegal, 21 other),
2017 = 351 bears (249 road, 59 management, 21 illegal, 22 other),
2018 = 306 bears (242 road, 27 management, 13 illegal, 24 other),
2019 = 305 bears (238 road, 20 management, 20 illegal, 27 other),
2020 = 339 bears (276 road, 20 management, 15 illegal, 28 other),
2021 = 345 bears (287 road, 12 management, 29 illegal, 17 other).

North Central Regional Data

Figure 1: This bar graph shows the number of North Central Region bear related calls and percentage of core and non-core complaints received by the FWC from the public from 2010 to 2021, totaling 1,985 calls.

2010 = 104 calls (20% Core, 80% Non-Core Complaints),
2011 = 114 calls (33% Core, 67% Non-Core Complaints),
2012 = 133 calls (43% Core, 57% Non-Core Complaints),
2013 = 163 calls (37% Core, 63% Non-Core Complaints),
2014 = 167 calls (31% Core, 69% Non-Core Complaints),
2015 = 123 calls (23% Core, 77% Non-Core Complaints),
2016 = 106 calls (21% Core, 79% Non-Core Complaints),
2017 = 229 calls (35% Core, 65% Non-Core Complaints),
2018 = 208 calls (42% Core, 58% Non-Core Complaints),
2019 = 170 calls (31% Core, 69% Non-Core Complaints),
2020 = 228 calls (36% Core, 64% Non-Core Complaints),
2021 = 240 calls (23% Core, 77% Non-Core Complaints).

Core complaints are conflicts, whereas non-core complaints are interactions that could be positive or negative.

Figure 2: The pie chart above shows the reason for North Central Region bear related calls received by the FWC from the public from 2010 to 2021, totaling 1,985 calls.

General Interaction (light blue slice) = 40%;
In Garbage (brown slice) = 15%;
Property Damage (orange slice) = 14%;
Sick/Dead Bear (dark green slice) = 20%;
Bear-Animal Encounter (yellow slice) = 3%;
Miscellaneous (light grey slice) = 6%;
Public Safety Incident (light green slice) = 1%;
Illegal Activity (dark blue slice) = <1%;
In Structure (dark grey slice) = <1%.

Figure 3: The bar graph shows the number of bears killed by either road, management, illegal, harvest, or other causes of death in the North Central Region from 2010 to 2021, totaling 294 bears.

2010 = 16 bears (15 road, 1 illegal),
2011 = 16 bears (13 road, 2 management, 1 illegal),
2012 = 19 bears (17 road, 1 illegal, 1 other),
2013 = 19 bears (19 road),
2014 = 29 bears (27 road, 1 illegal, 1 other),
2015 = 63 bears (23 road, 3 management, 2 other, 35 harvest),
2016 = 16 bears (15 road, 1 other),
2017 = 24 bears (18 road, 2 management, 2 illegal, 2 other),
2018 = 20 bears (19 road, 1 other),
2019 = 19 bears (17 road, 1 illegal, 1 other),
2020 = 26 bears (24 road, 2 other),
2021 = 27 bears (22 road, 3 illegal, 2 other).

Northeast Regional Data

Figure 1: The bar graph above shows the number of Northeast Region bear related calls, and percentage of core and non-core complaints received by the FWC from the public from 2010 to 2021, totaling 33,663 calls.

2010 = 2,221 calls (57% Core, 43% Non-Core Complaints),
2011 = 2,472 calls (58% Core, 42% Non-Core Complaints),
2012 = 3,697 calls (52% Core, 48% Non-Core Complaints),
2013 = 3,648 calls (56% Core, 44% Non-Core Complaints),
2014 = 4,107 calls (47% Core, 53% Non-Core Complaints),
2015 = 3,099 calls (50% Core, 50% Non-Core Complaints),
2016 = 2,146 calls (45% Core, 55% Non-Core Complaints),
2017 = 2,577 calls (49% Core, 51% Non-Core Complaints),
2018 = 2,187 calls (44% Core, 56% Non-Core Complaints),
2019 = 2,400 calls (39% Core, 61% Non-Core Complaints),
2020 = 2,205 calls (39% Core, 61% Non-Core Complaints),
2021 = 2,904 calls (39% Core, 61% Non-Core Complaints).

Core complaints are conflicts, whereas non-core complaints are interactions that could be positive or negative.

Figure 2: The pie chart above shows the reason for Northeast Region bear related calls received by the FWC from the public from 2010 to 2021, totaling 33,663 calls.

General Interaction (light blue slice) = 37%;
In Garbage (brown slice) = 28%;
Property Damage (orange slice) = 14%;
Sick/Dead Bear (dark green slice) = 12%;
Bear-Animal Encounter (yellow slice) = 4%;
Miscellaneous (light grey slice) = 3%;
Public Safety Incident (dark blue slice) = 1%;
Illegal Activity (dark blue slice) = <1%;
In Structure (dark grey slice) = <1%.

Figure 3: The bar graph shows the number of bears killed by either road, management, illegal, harvest, or other causes of death in the Northeast Region from 2010 to 2021, totaling 2,023 bears.

2010 = 91 bears (76 road, 7 management, 3 illegal, 5 other),
2011 = 119 bears (98 road, 9 management, 3 illegal, 9 other),
2012 = 190 bears (164 road, 10 management, 6 illegal, 10 other),
2013 = 155 bears (125 road, 14 management, 9 illegal, 7 other),
2014 = 149 bears (110 road, 27 management, 8 illegal, 4 other),
2015 = 287 bears (103 road, 39 management, 5 illegal, 4 other, 136 harvest),
2016 = 138 bears (114 road, 12 management, 5 illegal, 7 other),
2017 = 166 bears (128 road, 19 management, 7 illegal, 12 other),
2018 = 147 bears (112 road, 14 management, 8 illegal, 13 other),
2019 = 172 bears (134 road, 11 management, 13 illegal, 14 other),
2020 = 184 bears (148 road, 7 management, 8 illegal, 21 other),
2021 = 225 bears (187 road, 9 management, 18 illegal, 11 other).

 

Northwest Regional Data

Figure 1: This bar graph shows the number of Northwest Region bear related calls, and percentage of core and non-core complaints received by the FWC from the public from 2010 to 2021, totaling 22,893 calls.

2010 = 1,809 (61% Core, 39% Non-Core Complaints),
2011 = 1,038 (50% Core, 50% Non-Core Complaints),
2012 = 1,735 (49% Core, 51% Non-Core Complaints),
2013 = 2,055 (49% Core, 51% Non-Core Complaints),
2014 = 1,670 (46% Core, 54% Non-Core Complaints),
2015 = 2,002 (50% Core, 50% Non-Core Complaints),
2016 = 2,229 (46% Core, 54% Non-Core Complaints),
2017 = 2,477 (47% Core, 53% Non-Core Complaints),
2018 = 1,880 (38% Core, 62% Non-Core Complaints),
2019 = 1,817 (40% Core, 60% Non-Core Complaints),
2020 = 2,337 (45% Core, 55% Non-Core Complaints),
2021 = 1,844 (40% Core, 60% Non-Core Complaints).

Core complaints are conflicts, whereas non-core complaints are interactions that could be positive or negative.

Figure 2: This pie chart shows the reason for Northwest Region bear related calls received by the FWC from the public from 2010 to 2021, totaling 22,893 calls.

General Interaction (light blue slice) = 42%;
In Garbage (brown slice) = 33%;
Property Damage (orange slice) = 9%;
Sick/Dead Bear (dark green slice) = 8%;
Bear-Animal Encounter (yellow slice) = 3%;
Miscellaneous (light grey slice) = 3%;
Public Safety Incident (light green slice) = 1%;
Illegal Activity (dark blue slice) = <1%;
In Structure (dark grey slice) = <1%.

Figure 3: The bar graph shows the number of bears killed by either road, management, illegal, harvest, or other causes of death in the Northwest Region from 2010 to 2021, totaling 1,330 bears.

2010 = 92 bears (68 road, 7 management, 12 illegal, 5 other),
2011 = 75 bears (64 road, 5 management, 6 illegal),
2012 = 104 bears (87 road, 11 management, 6 illegal),
2013 = 80 bears (66 road, 8 management, 5 illegal, 1 other),
2014 = 115 bears (82 road, 21 management, 8 illegal, 4 other),
2015 = 262 bears (92 road, 49 management, 1 illegal, 8 other, 112 harvest),
2016 = 119 bears (80 road, 18 management, 12 illegal, 9 other),
2017 = 125 bears (77 road, 35 management, 7 illegal, 6 other),
2018 = 113 bears (88 road, 13 management, 4 illegal, 8 other),
2019 = 76 bears (59 road, 7 management, 6 illegal, 4 other),
2020 = 108 bears (89 road, 12 management, 4 illegal, 3 other),
2021 = 61 bears (56 road, 1 management, 1 illegal, 3 other).

Southwest Regional Data

Figure 1: The bar graph above shows the number of Southwest Region bear related calls, and percentage of core and non-core complaints received by the FWC from the public from 2010 to 2021, totaling 3,475 calls.

2010 = 56 calls (25% Core, 75% Non-Core Complaints),
2011 = 93 calls (13% Core, 87% Non-Core Complaints),
2012 = 216 calls (47% Core, 53% Non-Core Complaints),
2013 = 258 calls (47% Core, 53% Non-Core Complaints),
2014 = 423 calls (45% Core, 55% Non-Core Complaints),
2015 = 327 calls (45% Core, 55% Non-Core Complaints),
2016 = 302 calls (38% Core, 62% Non-Core Complaints),
2017 = 384 calls (48% Core, 52% Non-Core Complaints),
2018 = 284 calls (29% Core, 71% Non-Core Complaints),
2019 = 353 calls (41% Core, 59% Non-Core Complaints),
2020 = 496 calls (31% Core, 69% Non-Core Complaints),
2021 = 283 calls (25% Core, 75% Non-Core Complaints).

Core complaints are conflicts, whereas non-core complaints are interactions that could be positive or negative.

 

Figure 2: The pie chart above shows the reason for Southwest Region bear related calls received by the FWC from the public from 2010 to 2021, totaling 3,475 calls.

General Interaction (light blue slice) = 49%;
In Garbage (dark brown slice) = 26%;
Property Damage (orange slice) = 9%;
Sick/Dead Bear (dark green slice) = 6%;
Bear-Animal Encounter (yellow slice) = 2%;
Miscellaneous (light grey slice) = 6%;
Public Safety Incident (light green slice) = 1%;
Illegal Activity (dark blue slice) = <1%;
In Structure (dark grey slice) = <1%.

Figure 3: The bar graph shows the number of bears killed by either road, management, illegal, harvest, or other causes of death in the Southwest Region from 2010 to 2021, totaling 101 bears.

2010 = 5 bears (5 road),
2011 = 7 bears (7 road),
2012 = 4 bears (4 road),
2013 = 12 bears (8 road, 4 management),
2014 = 15 bears (7 road, 5 management, 1 illegal, 2 other),
2015 = 18 bears (9 road, 8 management, 1 illegal),
2016 = 8 bears (4 road, 1 management, 2 illegal, 1 other),
2017 = 7 bears (6 road, 1 management),
2018 = 7 bears (7 road),
2019 = 8 bears (8 road),
2020 = 5 bears (5 road), 2021 = 5 bears (3 road, 2 illegal).

South Regional Data

Figure 1: The bar graph above shows the number of South Region bear related calls, and percentage of core and non-core complaints received by the FWC from the public from 2010 to 2021, totaling 6,284 calls.

2010 = 97 calls (57% Core, 43% Non-Core Complaints),
2011 = 447 calls (49% Core, 51% Non-Core Complaints),
2012 = 539 calls (49% Core, 51% Non-Core Complaints),
2013 = 687 calls (54% Core, 46% Non-Core Complaints),
2014 = 539 calls (47% Core, 53% Non-Core Complaints),
2015 = 497 calls (48% Core, 52% Non-Core Complaints),
2016 = 345 calls (44% Core, 56% Non-Core Complaints),
2017 = 521 calls (46% Core, 54% Non-Core Complaints),
2018 = 919 calls (34% Core, 66% Non-Core Complaints),
2019 = 648 calls (34% Core, 66% Non-Core Complaints),
2020 = 539 calls (35% Core, 65% Non-Core Complaints),
2021 = 506 calls (34% Core, 66% Non-Core Complaints).

Core complaints are conflicts, whereas non-core complaints are interactions that could be positive or negative.

Figure 2: The pie chart above shows the reason for South Region bear related calls received by the FWC from the public from 2010 to 2021, totaling 6,284 calls.

General Interaction (light blue slice) = 45%;
In Garbage (brown slice) = 30%;
Property Damage (orange slice) = 7%;
Sick/Dead Bear (dark green slice) = 10%;
Bear-Animal Encounter (yellow slice) = 2%;
Miscellaneous (light grey slice) = 3%;
Public Safety Incident (light green slice) = 1%;
Illegal Activity (dark blue slice) = <1%;
In Structure (dark grey slice) = <1%.

Figure 3: The bar graph shows the number of bears killed by either road, management, illegal, harvest, or other causes of death in the South Region from 2010 to 2021, totaling 273 bears.

2010 = 6 bears (4 road, 1 illegal, 1 other),
2011 = 16 bears (12 road, 1 management, 1 illegal, 2 other),
2012 = 12 bears (11 road, 1 illegal),
2013 = 19 bears (16 road, 2 management, 1 other),
2014 = 23 bears (19 road, 1 management, 2 illegal, 1 other),
2015 = 50 bears (21 road, 5 management, 2 other, 22 harvest),
2016 = 26 bears (18 road, 5 management, 3 other),
2017 = 29 bears (20 road, 2 management, 5 illegal, 2 other),
2018 = 19 bears (16 road, 1 illegal, 2 other),
2019 = 30 bears (19 road, 2 management, 9 other),
2020 = 16 bears (10 road, 1 management, 3 illegal, 2 other)
2021 = 27 bears (19 road, 2 management, 5 illegal, 1 other).

 

To learn more about Bears by the Numbers in your area visit the Bear Management Unit (BMU) webpages.

Geographic Data

Interactive Public Bear Map

This map includes detailed bear-related data dating back to 1980 and as recent as 2 months prior to current date. This map includes the current year’s data but has not been thoroughly assessed for accuracy and is subject to change.

Terrestrial Resources GIS Online Map

This map includes bear, wildlife, and other habitat data and does not contain the current year’s bear-related data. The data in this map has been thoroughly assessed for accuracy.