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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

Bar graph of statewide bear related call totals

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 2000 to 2019, totaling 75,155 calls.

2000 = 1,143 calls (58% Core, 42% Non-Core),
2001 = 840 calls (49% Core, 42% Non-Core),
2002 = 1,364 calls (52% Core, 51% 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 = 6,046 calls (49% Core, 51% Non-Core),
2016 = 5,126 calls (44% Core, 56% Non-Core),
2017 = 6,188 calls (47% Core, 53% Non-Core),
2018 = 5,479 calls (39% Core, 61% Non-Core),
2019 = 5,396 calls (38% Core, 62% Non-Core)

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

Statewide reasons for bear related calls received by FWC from 2000 to 2019

Figure 2: This pie chart shows the reason for statewide bear related calls received by FWC from the public from 2000 to 2019, totaling 75,155 calls.

General Interaction (light blue slice) = 39%;
In Garbage (brown slice) = 30%;
Property Damage (orange slice) = 13%;
Sick/Dead Bear (dark green slice) = 10%;
Bear-Animal Encounter (yellow slice) = 4%;
In Structure (dark grey slice) = <2%;
Public Safety Incident (light green slice) = <1%;
Miscellaneous (light grey slice) = 1%;
Illegal Activity (dark blue slice) = <1% 

Statewide Bear Mortality Totals Bar Graph

Figure 3: This bar graph shows the number of bears killed statewide by either road, management, illegal, harvest, or other causes of death from 2010 to 2019, totaling 3,331 bears.

An breakdown of the bear mortality numbers is provided in Table 1 below.

 

Table 1: Statewide Bear Mortality

Year Road Management Illegal Other Harvest Total
2010 168 14 17 11 NA 210
2011 194 17 11 11 NA 233
2012 283 21 14 11 NA 329
2013 234 27 14 11 NA 285
2014 245 53 20 12 NA 330
2015 248 105 7 16 304* 680
2016 231 36 19 21 NA 307
2017 249 59 21 22 NA 351
2018 242 27 13 24 NA 306
2019 233 20 20 27 NA 3,331
Total 2,327 379 156 165 304 3,331

Northwest Regional Data

Bear related calls (Northwest region)  2010-2019 bar graph

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 2019, totaling 18,715 calls.

2010 = 1,808 (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 = 1,674 (46% Core, 54% Non-Core Complaints),
2015 = 2,001 (50% Core, 50% Non-Core Complaints),
2016 = 2,226 (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 = 1,821 (40% Core, 60% Non-Core Complaints)

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

 

Northwest Region pie graph (Reason for calls 2010-2019)

Figure 2: This pie chart shows the reason for Northwest Region bear related calls received by the FWC from the public from 2010 to 2019, totaling 18,715 calls.

General Interaction = 41%;
In Garbage = 34%;
Sick/Dead Bear = 9%;
Property Damage = 9%;
Bear-Animal Encounter = 3%;
Miscellaneous = 2%;
Public Safety Incident = 1%;
Illegal Activity = <1%;
In Structure = <1%

 

 

Total Bear Mortality (Northwest Region) 2010-2019 bar graph

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 2018, totaling 1,159 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 = 261 bears (92 road, 49 management, 1 illegal, 8 other, 111 harvest),
2016 = 118 bears (80 road, 18 management, 11 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).

North Central Regional Data

Bear related calls (North Central Region) 2010-2019 bar graph

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 2018, totaling 1,521 calls.

2010 = 105 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 = 169 calls (30% Core, 70% 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 (41% Core, 59% Non-Core Complaints),
2019 = 171 calls (31% Core, 69% Non-Core Complaints)

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

 

Reason for calls (North Central Region) 2010-2019 pie graph

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 2018, totaling 1,521 calls.

General Interaction = 39%;
Sick/Dead Bear = 21%;
Property Damage = 15%;
In Garbage = 14%;
Miscellaneous = 6%;
Bear-Animal Encounter = 3%;
Illegal Activity = 1%;
In Structure = <1%;
Public Safety Incident = <1%

 

 

Total Bear Mortality (NC Region) bar graph 2010-2019

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 2019, totaling 240 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 = 62 bears (23 road, 3 management, 2 other, 34 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).

 

Northeast Regional Data

Bear related calls (Northeast Region) 2010-2019 bar graph

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 2019, totaling 28,556 calls.

2010 = 2,220 calls (57% Core, 43% Non-Core Complaints),
2011 = 2,474 calls (58% Core, 42% Non-Core Complaints),
2012 = 3,697 calls (52% Core, 48% Non-Core Complaints),
2013 = 3,649 calls (56% Core, 44% Non-Core Complaints),
2014 = 4,109 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 = 2,576 calls (49% Core, 51% Non-Core Complaints),
2018 = 2,187 calls (43% Core, 57% Non-Core Complaints),
2019 = 2,399 calls (39% Core, 61% Non-Core Complaints)

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

Reason for calls (Northeast Region) 2010-2019 pie graph

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 2019, totaling 28,556 calls.

General Interaction = 36%;
In Garbage = 29%;
Property Damage = 15%;
Sick/Dead Bear = 11%;
Bear-Animal Encounter = 4%;
In Structure = 2%;
Illegal Activity = 1%;
Public Safety Incident = 1%;
Miscellaneous = 1%

 

 

Total Bear Mortality (Northeast Region) Bar graph 2010-2019

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 2019, totaling 1,614 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 = 148 bears (110 road, 26 management, 8 illegal, 4 other),
2015 = 288 bears (103 road, 40 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).

 

Southwest Regional Data

Bear related calls (Southwest Region) bar graph 2010-2019

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 2019, totaling 2,705 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 = 301 calls (39% Core, 61% Non-Core Complaints),
2017 = 384 calls (48% Core, 52% Non-Core Complaints),
2018 = 284 calls (29% Core, 71% Non-Core Complaints),
2019 = 363 calls (40% Core, 60% Non-Core Complaints)

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

 

Reasons for calls (Southwest region) pie graph 2010-2019

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 2019, totaling 2,705 calls.

General Interaction = 47%;
In Garbage = 27%;
Property Damage = 10%;
Sick/Dead Bear = 6%;
Miscellaneous = 6%;
Bear-Animal Encounter = 2%;
In Structure = 2%;
Public Safety Incident = <1%;
Illegal Activity = <1%

Total Bear Mortality (Southwest Region) 2010-2019 bar graph

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 2019, totaling 91 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).

South Regional Data

Bear related calls (South Region) 2010-2019 bar graph

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 2019, totaling 5,232 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 = 540 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 = 640 calls (34% Core, 66% Non-Core Complaints)

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

Reasons for call (South Region) 2010-2019 pie graph

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 2019, totaling 5,232 calls.

General Interaction = 44%;
In Garbage = 31%;
Sick/Dead Bear = 9%;
Property Damage = 7%;
Bear-Animal Encounter = 3%;
Public Safety Incident = 2%;
In Structure = 1%;
Miscellaneous = 2%;
Illegal Activity = <1%

Total Bear Mortality (South Region) 2010-2019 bar graph

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 2019, totaling 225 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 (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 = 25 bears (15 road, 2 management, 8 other).

 

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

Geographic Data

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