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?

The FWC invites counties and local governments to submit proposals for cost-share funding to assist with the purchase of bear-resistant trash receptacles for their community. Please visit our BearWise page to learn more and obtain an applicationPDF Document.


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.

Bears in the News
Statewide Bear Population Map with BMUs
Which BMU are you?
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Live BearWise


  Need Help?

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 Human-bear conflicts 

Sick, injured, orphaned or dead bear

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Managing Bears


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About Bears
Brochures and Videos
Brochures and Videos


FWC Facts:
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