Florida Black Bear
A plan for long-term conservation of the Florida black bear, whose population is estimated at more than 3,000 today, compared with as few as 300 in the 1970s, was approved in June 2012 by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The Florida Black Bear Management Plan, available online at MyFWC.com/Bear, encourages public input into bear management decisions at the local level. When implemented, the plan will help the FWC find solutions that best fit the challenges facing both people and bears in different parts of the state. Bear populations in some areas are thriving, while populations in other places still are recovering.
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