[UPDATE] FWC Seeks Information in Bear Killing

By: FWC Press Release
By: FWC Press Release

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is asking the public’s help to determine who killed a young female black bear found in the Apalachicola National Forest on Dec. 14.

FWC Investigator Lt. Scott Runkle said the 108-pound bear was apparently killed elsewhere, then dumped on a woods road east of Springhill Road near Fisher Creek in southern Leon County. The general location where the small bear was found is referred to as Hellen Guard.

Killing a black bear is a felony under Florida law and punishable by a maximum of a $1,000 fine and one year imprisonment.

Runkle said anyone with information that leads to the arrest of the person or people who killed the bear is eligible for a reward under the Wildlife Alert Reward Program. The rewards range up to $1,000, and callers can remain anonymous.

The Wildlife Alert number is 888-404-3922.

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  • by Hunting Baby Location: Leon County on Dec 23, 2010 at 06:43 AM
    Dear Anonymous, You dont know very much do you? I guess you think if it isnt on the internet than it must not be true. Listen, I talk to FWC people on a daily basis and I stay up to date on the happenings of the forest. You on the other hand depend on the internet. Why dont you go talk to the actual people in the woods doing the research, and then come back to me. Also I would love for you to walk up on a momma bear and her cubs. Tell me how non-aggressive they are then. Since you depend on the internet so much why dont you research the black bear a little more. If you actually knew anything, you would know that the Florida black bear is the second most aggressive bear in the Unites States. The polar bear is number one. Get your facts straight. As for me and where I live, I love the woods and take care of them everyday. Besides I dont think you would want me in town.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 22, 2010 at 01:20 PM
    I seriously doubt anyones life was in danger. There has NEVER been a confirmed attack of a bear on a human in the state of Florida, ever. There was a suspected attack in Tampa last year, turned out the guy was drunk and feeding and taunting the bear. All this according to FWC. Black bears are almost never aggresive toward humans. Most reports you hear about bear attacks are from out west and involve grizzly bears.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 22, 2010 at 01:09 PM
    How are the bears getting out of hand? Are they getting in your trash because you are too lazy to take it off or bearproof it? Do they come around and make your dogs bark? Want some cheese with that whine? Google how many bear on human attacks there were in Florida last year. I think you are safe. You chose to live out in the counry, if you don't like animals get an apartment in Tally.
  • by wakulla on Dec 22, 2010 at 07:26 AM
    It is sad that a bear has been killed. How ever if a humans life was in danger i could understand where somthing had to be done quickly. Bears are becoming more populated by each year and we do have to be more careful and responsible when we decide to go outdoors. Always always take protection when you go into the woods.
  • by Hunting Baby Location: Leon County on Dec 22, 2010 at 06:45 AM
    "oh puh-lease"...Dont talk about something you dont know anything about. The forest is full of bears right now. FWC even knows that they are getting out of hand. Anyone who is in the forest on a regular basis would know this. "Seriously"....you also dont know a thing about nature. Yes the forest is there home, but when there are to many they will make your home there home. People who are in the forest alot respect nature, and we know when things have got out of hand. Let FWC do there job, and stay out of everyones business. Yes its sad that bear got killed, and I hope they find the person/people. Keep up the good work FWC.
  • by Surprise Location: leon county on Dec 22, 2010 at 05:08 AM
    Too many bears remember? Fire prevents bears. (HA) that will drive PETA crazy. (smile)
  • by Seriously Location: Wakulla on Dec 22, 2010 at 02:09 AM
    Wakulla Girl...just curious...where else do you expect them to live?...the "Forest" is there home. People moving into the National Forest is running them out of there habitat! They have nowhere else to go.
  • by Wakulla Girl Location: Crawfordville, fl on Dec 21, 2010 at 03:31 PM
    I agree. Bears are getting out of hand, especially in the Forest. Maybe the State/Feds should consider allowing bear hunts again. Maybe something like the Gator permits?...But one thing is for sure, the law is the law...period!
  • by oh puh-lease on Dec 21, 2010 at 02:24 PM
    hunter - it's idiots like you that give all rednecks a bad reputation.
  • by hunter Location: crawfordville on Dec 21, 2010 at 01:41 PM
    there needs to be more bears killed,they are getting out of hand
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