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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 Data

Statewide Bear Related Calls

Bar graph of statewide bear related call totals

The bar graph shows the number of statewide bear related calls received by the FWC from the public from 2000 to 2017, totaling 64,355 calls and ranging from 840 calls to 6,734 calls per year.

Statewide Reasons for Bear Related Callss

Statewide reasons for bear related calls received by FWC from 2000 to 2017

The pie chart shows the reason for statewide bear related calls received by the FWC from the public from 2000 to 2017, totaling 64,355 calls.

General Interaction (light blue slice) = 38%; In Garbage (brown slice) = 31%; Property Damage (orange slice) = 13%; Sick/Dead Bear (dark green slice) = 11%; Bear-Animal Encounter (yellow slice) = 4%; In Structure (dark grey slice) = 1%; Public Safety Incident (light green slice) = 1%; Miscellaneous (light grey slice) = 1%; Illegal Activity (dark blue slice) = <1%.

Statewide Bear Roadkill Bar Graph from 2000 to 2017

The bar graph shows the number of bears killed by vehicle strikes in Florida from 2000 to 2017, totaling 3,188 bears, ranging from 102 bears to 286 bears per year.

Statewide Bear Mortality Totals Bar Graph

 

Year Road Management         Illegal Other Harvest Total
2010 163        14    17 11 NA 205
2011 188        17    11 10 NA 226
2012 283        21    14 12 NA 330
2013 233        27    14 10 NA 284
2014 245        53    20 11 NA 329
2015 248        105    6 17 304 680
2016 231        36    18 19 NA 304
2017 249        58    20 23 NA 350
TOTAL 1,840        331    120 113 304 2,708

Northwest Regional Data

The bar graph shows the number of Northwest Region bear related calls received by the FWC from the public from 2010 to 2017, totaling 15,210 calls, and ranging from 1,068 to 2,475.

 

The pie chart shows the reason for Northwest Region bear related calls received by the FWC from the public from 2010 to 2017, totaling 15,210 calls. General Interaction = 39%; In Garbage = 36%; Sick/Dead Bear = 10%; Property Damage = 9%; Bear-Animal Encounter = 3%; Miscellaneous = 1%; Public Safety Incident = 1%; Illegal Activity = <1%; In Structure = <1%

 

The bar graph shows the number of bears killed by vehicle strikes in the Northwest Region from 2010 to 2017, totaling 617 bears, and ranging from 64 to 92.

North Central Regional Data

The bar graph shows the number of North Central Region bear related calls received by the FWC from the public from 2010 to 2017, totaling 1,180 calls, and ranging from 106 to 228.

 

The pie chart shows the reason for North Central Region bear related calls received by the FWC from the public from 2010 to 2017, totaling 1,180 calls. General Interaction = 39%; Sick/Dead Bear = 26%; Property Damage = 14%; In Garbage = 12%; Miscellaneous = 4%; Bear-Animal Encounter = 3%; Illegal Activity = 1%; In Structure = <1%; Public Safety Incident = <1%

 

The bar graph shows the number of bears killed by vehicle strikes in the North Central Region from 2010 to 2017, totaling 147 bears, and ranging from 13 to 27.

 

Northeast Regional Data

The bar graph shows the number of Northeast Region bear related calls received by the FWC from the public from 2010 to 2017, totaling 24,424 calls, and ranging from 2,147 to 4,151.

 

The pie chart shows the reason for Northeast Region bear related calls received by the FWC from the public from 2010 to 2017, totaling 24,424 calls. General Interaction = 35%; In Garbage = 29%; Property Damage = 15%; Sick/Dead Bear = 12%; Bear-Animal Encounter = 4%; In Structure = 2%; Illegal Activity = 1%; Public Safety Incident = 1%; Miscellaneous = 1%

 

The bar graph shows the number of bears killed by vehicle strikes in the Northeast Region from 2010 to 2017, totaling 920 bears, and ranging from 76 to 166.

 

Southwest Regional Data

The bar graph shows the number of Southwest Region bear related calls received by the FWC from the public from 2010 to 2017, totaling 2,072 calls, and ranging from 57 to 430.

 

The pie chart shows the reason for Southwest Region bear related calls received by the FWC from the public from 2010 to 2017, totaling 2,072 calls. General Interaction = 45%; In Garbage = 27%; Property Damage = 11%; Sick/Dead Bear = 7%; Miscellaneous = 5%; Bear-Animal Encounter = 2%; In Structure = 2%; Public Safety Incident = 1%; Illegal Activity = <1%

 

 

The bar graph shows the number of bears killed by vehicle strikes in the Southwest Region from 2010 to 2017, totaling 50 bears, and ranging from 4 to 9.

South Regional Data

The bar graph shows the number of South Region bear related calls received by the FWC from the public from 2010 to 2017, totaling 3,701 calls, and ranging from 97 to 693.

 

The pie chart shows the reason for South Region bear related calls received by the FWC from the public from 2010 to 2017, totaling 3,701 calls. General Interaction = 40%; In Garbage = 35%; Sick/Dead Bear = 9%; Property Damage = 7%; Bear-Animal Encounter = 3%; Public Safety Incident = 1%; In Structure = 1%; Miscellaneous = 1%; Illegal Activity = <1%

 

The bar graph shows the number of bears killed by vehicle strikes in the South Region from 2010 to 2017, totaling 121 bears, and ranging from 4 to 21.

 

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

Geographic Data

Interested in exploring the specifics of the data in these charts? Visit FWRI's Terrestrial Resources GIS online mapping tool.