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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 2018, totaling 69,762 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 2018, totaling 69,762 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) = 3%; 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 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
2018 241 27 13 24 0 305
TOTAL 2,081 358 133 137 304 3,013

 

* Bear Hunt Data - 2015 

Northwest Regional Data

The bar graph above shows the number of Northwest Region bear related calls received by the FWC from the public from 2010 to 2018, totaling 17,088 calls, and ranging from 1,068 to 2,477.

 

The pie chart above shows the reason for Northwest Region bear related calls received by the FWC from the public from 2010 to 2018, totaling 17,088 calls.

General Interaction = 40%; In Garbage = 35%; 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 all known causes in the Northwest Region from 2010 to 2018, totaling 1,072 bears, and ranging from 71 to 261.

North Central Regional Data

The bar graph above shows the number of North Central Region bear related calls received by the FWC from the public from 2010 to 2018, totaling 1,390 calls, and ranging from 106 to 229.

 

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 1,390 calls.

General Interaction = 38%; Sick/Dead Bear = 24%; Property Damage = 15%; In Garbage = 13%; Miscellaneous = 5%; Bear-Animal Encounter = 3%; Illegal Activity = 1%; In Structure = <1%; Public Safety Incident = <1%

 

The bar graph shows the number of bears killed by all known causes in the North Central Region from 2010 to 2018, totaling 220 bears, and ranging from 16 to 62.

 

Northeast Regional Data

The bar graph above shows the number of Northeast Region bear related calls received by the FWC from the public from 2010 to 2018, totaling 26,610 calls, and ranging from 2,146 to 4,152.

 

The pie chart above shows the reason for Northeast Region bear related calls received by the FWC from the public from 2010 to 2018, totaling 26,610 calls.

General Interaction = 35%; In Garbage = 29%; Property Damage = 15%; Sick/Dead Bear = 13%; Bear-Animal Encounter = 4%; In Structure = 1%; Illegal Activity = 1%; Public Safety Incident = 1%; Miscellaneous = 1%

 

The bar graph shows the number of bears killed by all known causes in the Northeast Region from 2010 to 2018, totaling 1,438 bears, and ranging from 91 to 288.

 

Southwest Regional Data

The bar graph above shows the number of Southwest Region bear related calls received by the FWC from the public from 2010 to 2018, totaling 2,358 calls, and ranging from 57 to 430.

 

The pie chart above shows the reason for Southwest Region bear related calls received by the FWC from the public from 2010 to 2018, totaling 2,358 calls.

General Interaction = 46%; In Garbage = 26%; Property Damage = 10%; 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 all known causes in the Southwest Region from 2010 to 2018, totaling 84 bears, and ranging from 4 to 18.

South Regional Data

The bar graph above shows the number of South Region bear related calls received by the FWC from the public from 2010 to 2018, totaling 4,618 calls, and ranging from 97 to 920.

 

The pie chart above shows the reason for South Region bear related calls received by the FWC from the public from 2010 to 2018, totaling 4,618 calls.

General Interaction = 43%; In Garbage = 32%; Sick/Dead Bear = 9%; Property Damage = 7%; Bear-Animal Encounter = 3%; Public Safety Incident = 2%; In Structure = 1%; Miscellaneous = 2%; Illegal Activity = <1%

 

The bar graph shows the number of bears killed by all known causes in the South Region from 2010 to 2018, totaling 200 bears, and ranging from 6 to 50.

 

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.