City News

Posted on: February 6, 2015

FWC moving forward with comprehensive approach to reducing conflicts with bears

Bear in the woods

In response to rapidly increasing conflicts and several incidents where bears seriously injured people, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is building on its long-standing, proactive approach to bear management. At its Feb. 4 meeting in Jacksonville, the FWC approved a plan to move forward with a variety of tools to manage bears and help reduce human-bear conflicts.

“Our multipronged approach focuses on maintaining bear populations at healthy levels while ensuring public safety,” said Commissioner Brian Yablonski. “However, this is not something we can do on our own. There has to be an element of getting the community to police itself, since food attractants are the vast majority of the problem.”

The Commission provided staff guidance to move forward on several issues. Staff were directed to refine changes to the Bear, Fox, and Raccoon Feeding Rule 68A-4.001(3), and the Bear Conservation Rule 68A-4.009. Detailed information on the proposed amendments will be posted at MyFWC.com/Bear.

The Commission also expressed support for policy changes including more aggressive removal of conflict bears and additional options for the public and law enforcement agencies to haze bears.

“We are taking a more aggressive approach to conflict bears in neighborhoods and will continue to partner with counties, municipalities and homeowner associations to reduce conflicts by securing bear attractants like garbage,” said FWC Chairman Richard Corbett. “Properly securing garbage and other attractants is the single most important action for reducing conflict situations with bears.”

The Commission also asked staff to move forward with developing specific plans for a limited bear hunt in certain parts of Florida. Hunting alone is not likely to reduce human-bear conflicts in urban and suburban areas. However, in other states, hunting has proved to be an effective measure for managing bear populations and can help more direct measures of reducing conflicts such as securing attractants and removing conflict bears.

“Many of the bear conflict issues we are facing, particularly comprehensive waste management, go far beyond the ability of the FWC to handle alone,” said Dr. Thomas Eason, director of the FWC’s Division of Habitat and Species Conservation. “We all must share in the responsibility to manage human-bear conflicts effectively to achieve sustainable coexistence.”

If you would like to provide comment regarding bear-related topics discussed at the Commission meeting, visit MyFWC.com/Bear. This link will also provide information about Florida black bears and how to avoid conflicts with them.

Please report any threatening bear behavior to the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922).

Facebook Twitter Google Plus Email

Other News in City News

CitySealNEWSmall

Feral Cat Program to be developed

Posted on: December 14, 2017
CitySealNEWSmall

2018 Sanitation Schedule

Posted on: December 4, 2017
CitySealNEWSmall

Milton Gold Star Walk

Posted on: November 27, 2017
CitySealNEWSmall

Holiday Committee to be formed

Posted on: November 27, 2017
CitySealNEWSmall

2018 Holiday Schedule for City of Milton

Posted on: October 24, 2017
CitySealNEWSmall

Adoption of Budget for 2017/2018 passed

Posted on: September 29, 2017
CitySealNEWSmall

Completion of 2nd reading of ordinances

Posted on: September 22, 2017
CitySealNEWSmall

Historic Preservation Board vacancies

Posted on: September 7, 2017
CitySealNEWSmall

City to apply for Job Growth Grant

Posted on: August 15, 2017
CitySealNEWSmall

Historic District Tour Grant

Posted on: July 13, 2017
CitySealNEWSmall

Beautification project to expand

Posted on: June 19, 2017
CitySealNEWSmall

Star Hill Resurfacing and Curbing

Posted on: May 15, 2017
CitySealNEWSmall

Riverwalk Market to begin May 19

Posted on: May 15, 2017
CitySealNEWSmall.jpg

Riverwalk public restroom in the works

Posted on: February 2, 2017
CitySealNEWSmall.jpg

Bike racks to be installed in downtown

Posted on: January 20, 2017
CitySealNEWSmall.jpg

Alcohol ordinance had first reading

Posted on: January 13, 2017
CitySealNEWSmall.jpg

2017 Holiday Schedule for City of Milton

Posted on: December 16, 2016
Lewis-and-Hester-recognized.gif

Council recognizes Lewis and Hester

Posted on: December 6, 2016
Retiring Old Glory.jpg

City to hold flag retirement ceremony

Posted on: October 25, 2016
CitySealNEWSmall.jpg

Recycling program to resume Oct. 3, 2016

Posted on: September 30, 2016

Canal St. improvements to go forward

Posted on: October 22, 2015

August events at your area libraries

Posted on: July 29, 2015
Cmdr. Jade Lepke

Lepke to assume command of VT-3

Posted on: July 16, 2015
Arbor Day tree planing photo

Milton Celebrates Arbor Day

Posted on: May 1, 2015
Arbor Day tree planing photo

Milton Celebrates Arbor Day

Posted on: May 1, 2015
pickle3.jpg

Pickleball is growing in Milton

Posted on: February 9, 2015
Doug Sills

Santa Rosa Medical Center Names New CEO

Posted on: February 6, 2015
Digman

Digman to Turn Over Command of VT-6

Posted on: February 6, 2015
Graduation image

FSASE giving three $1,200 scholarships

Posted on: February 6, 2015