Black Bear Sightings On The Rise

By: Brittani DuBose Email
By: Brittani DuBose Email

There's a pretty good reason bear crossing signs are going up in Florida. The bear population has gone up since hunting season closed back in the 1980s.

The state is now home to around four thousand bears, with the second largest population found in Apalachicola National Forest.

Black bears aren't "true hibernators", but some bears can eat up to twenty-two thousand calories a day in preparation for winter.

Mike Jones, the animal curator at Tallahassee Museum, says there's a pretty good reason why we see more bears.

"In the fall, these bears are ravenous. They want to pack on as much food as they can. If a bear smells pizza crust and bacon grease in a trash can, he's gonna go in the trash can and get that food. They're just kinda bound to it. They can't help it; they're eating machines during the cooler months."

Bears look for food during night time and don't pose a threat to humans. The best way to avoid contact with a bear is to not leave out trash and dog food.

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