Florida Black Bear Mananagement Plan Coming Soon
Black bears have increasingly become a problem in Florida by invading populated areas as well as causing vehicle collisions. One black bear broke into a house and took a cake, later that black bear was found and killed. This is just one instance of run-ins with humans and black bears in Florida. There was another instance where a black bear was found taking a dip in a pool. Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission requested the removal of the black bear from the endangered list, and now have created a management plan that will be released later today.
At one time there were around 500 black bears in the state, now there may be as many as 3,000 roaming Florida. The management plan would help keep the population at a level the state can sustain safely. The panel will take public comment and then finalize the black bear plan some time next year. From WEAR ABC 3 News.