FWC Bears
Bear Facts
Black bears are the only species of bear found in Florida.

Black bears are generally black with a brown muzzle and may have a white chest marking called a blaze.

Bears are excellent climbers and often climb trees when they are frightened.

About 80 percent of a black bear’s diet comes from plants (e.g., fruits, nuts, berries), 15 percent from insects (e.g., termites, ants, yellow jackets) and 5 percent from meat (e.g., opossums, armadillos, carrion.

Adult male black bears usually weigh between 250 to 350 lbs. The largest adult male black bear in Florida weighed 624 lbs.

Adult female black bears are smaller than males, usually weighing between 130 and 180 lbs. The largest adult female black bear in Florida weighed 383 lbs.

Adult male black bears usually live within a 60 square mile area, whereas females usually live within a 15 square mile area.

Bears and Hurricanes
September 2017
Bears may be seen more frequently after a hurricane, when communities are cleaning up after the storm. If you live in bear country in Florida, be aware of bears searching for food in your neighborhood. Report any problem with bears or potential for human-bear conflict to your FWC regional office or to the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline at 1-888-404-FWCC (#FWC or *FWC on a cell phone).
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