By: Aubrey Brown | WCTV Eyewitness News
November 17, 2017
FRANKLIN CO., Fla. (WCTV) -- Franklin County was awarded $3,400 by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to buy hardware to modify regular trash cans to make them bear-resistant.
The modifications will be made for residents in the southern portion of Franklin County.
The FWC says unsecured trash is the number one reason black bears enter neighborhoods and come into contact with people. In order to help reduce conflicts between humans and bears, the FWC is awarding over half a million dollars to 10 communities across Florida.
The Legislature and Governor Rick Scott provided $415,283 to cost-share with local governments in areas with high levels of bear activity. The FWC received an additional $100,000 in funding from the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida.