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Location: Tampa, FL
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Re: Getting rid of Bears

I too have problems with bears on my property in north Florida. They effectively ran off the dear this season. I have trailcam photos of them under my feeders eating with hogs and not photo of deer feeding. At last count I have 4 adults and 1 juvenile and a sow with a yearly cub on the property. The property 155 acres. I like the idea of having the dogs run them off and will look into that. Any additional ideas would be greatly appricated.

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Location: Arizona
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Re: Getting rid of Bears

Sounds like it may be time for Florida to reconsider the "threatened" status. Seems really odd that you can train dogs on bears, but can't hunt them. So what are people training the dogs for?

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Location: Pennsylvania
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Re: Getting rid of Bears

"So what are people training the dogs for?"

So they can chase problem bears.!? Also its their sport. Most houndsman kill very few bears.

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Location: Florida,USA
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Re: Getting rid of Bears

Just picked up trail cam SD card after a 2 week "soak" and there are 176 pictures and not one has a Bear on it. Applause
Lots of Does, yearlings and a couple of Bucks, but NO BEARS.
Now I just need to be in the Stand on one of trails when they come by heading to the plots.

Talked to lease Biologist and he said that Bears here don't really hibernate but their metabolism slows down quite a bit. this usually happens around end of December-beginning of January.....right on schedule.
He also said that Bear may have been eating clover and chicory or possibly was attracted to fertilizer smell?? or they were just passing thru. i don't believe the latter as there were just too many days that they showed up in the plots to be "just passing thru".
He also said there is a pretty well organized effort to get a short Bear season here in the panhandle but that the powers that be are not really too enthused over it. I sure would love to have the opportunity to take a big Black Bear, it'd be my first.

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Location: Pennsylvania
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Re: Getting rid of Bears

Maybe there is a food source available in the fall that is not available now. Could be sleeping too.
I hope you guys get a chance to hunt bear too. Thumbs up

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Location: Arizona
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Re: Getting rid of Bears

Good news on the trail cam! Bears are funny animals. I've gone weeks at my bear stand without a single hit on the trail cam, and then all of a sudden they're all over the place. Hopefully they;ll stay away from you and leave your deer alone.

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