Florida Black Bear

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These pages contain information to help live with, vacation near, conserve, and enjoy our native black bear, the only species of bear found in Florida. The state’s largest land mammal has come back from just several hundred bears in the 1970s to approximately 4,030 today and is one of Florida’s conservation success stories.

 What’s going on with bears in Florida?


Recently completed scientific estimatesAdobe PDF of black bears in Florida indicate approximately 4,030 bears statewide.

The research was conducted in one study with the University of Kentucky in the South Central Bear Management Unit (BMU) and other studies with the University of Tennessee in the West Panhandle, East Panhandle, North, Central and South BMUs.

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FWC Facts:
The average Florida manatee is about 10 ft. long and close to 1,200 lbs. They can reach up to 13 ft. and 3,500 lbs. Calves are 3-4 ft. long & weigh 60-70 lbs. at birth.

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