The following three objectives must be met in order to be recognized as BearWise.
- Secure attractants – It is illegal to feed bears, either intentionally or unintentionally (F.A.C. 68A-4.001)
- Keep garbage in a secure location (such as a sturdy shed , garage, or bear-resistant trash can ) until the morning of trash pick up
- Use Bear-Resistant Trash Cans – The bear-resistant trashcan must meet the requirements of the applicable waste hauler service provider and the FWC
- Use the bear-resistant trashcan to dispose of household food waste and place non-food waste in a regular trash can
- Additional fees may be required by the waste-hauler to service each resident’s bear-resistant trash can
- If pets are fed outside, bring feed inside a secure structure (inaccessible to bears) after pets have eaten
- Secure or remove bird and wildlife feeders; secure feed and grain
- Report Bear Activity
- Request advice or assistance with a human-bear conflicts by contacting the local FWC Regional Office
- Report emergencies or illegal activity, including feeding or harming of bears, by contacting the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline at (888) 404-3922. This number will connect you with FWC law enforcement and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- Know what to do when you encounter a bear
- Provide the community with information and resources including how to respond appropriately to bears and where to get deterrents such as bear-resistant trash cans, bear spray, or electric fencing
Prepare your community to be BearWise.
Need help getting started? Additional community support is available from FWC!
Questions? Contact the Bear Management Program at BearManagement@MyFWC.com