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Florida’s Black Bears: CUPLET FERN CHAPTER, FNPS monthly meeting

What’s going on with bears in Florida?  How do they fit it into our lives and impact us? 

Florida Wildlife Conservation Commissioners approved the removal of the black bear from the list of state-threatened species and created a new rule that maintains it is illegal to injure or kill a bear or possess or sell bear parts. As part of the delisting process the Florida Black Bear Management Plan was passed that guides how Florida’s bears should be managed over the next 10 years.

The plan creates Bear Management Units (BMU) based on the seven geographically distinct bear subpopulations in Florida. BMUs give people an opportunity to play an active role in efforts to manage and conserve bears in their local community.

Tom Shupe, District Biologist with Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission will explain bear life history, status, threats to the Florida Black Bears' long-term survival and expansion into historic ranges, and how concerned citizens can help.

Free. No reservations necessary. If any questions, call[masked]-7616.

 

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