Rules and Regulations

The law protects you…and the bears.

Regulations are an important tool in wildlife conservation.

The FWC bear management team believes the most important thing we can do to conserve Florida black bears is to prevent conflicts with people. Almost all conflicts come from the bear's search for food, and so to prevent this, additional regulations target the reasons why bears come into contact with people.

A mother black bear teaches her cubs where to find food…don't let that be your garbage can!

As a resident of bear country, you should know and follow these regulations - for your safety and for the bears' safety.

F.A.C. 68A-4.001: Intentionally placing food or garbage, allowing food or garbage, or offering food or garbage in such a manner that it attracts black bears, foxes, or raccoons and in a manner that is likely to create or creates a public nuisance is prohibited.

F.A.C. 68A-4.004: Whenever the taking or possession of wildlife or freshwater fish is prohibited, the possession of any carcass or portion of the carcass of such wildlife or freshwater fish is prohibited,

F.A.C. 68A-9.010: Black bears in Florida are not allowed to be taken as nuisance wildlife.

F.A.C. 68A-12.004 (12): The sale or purchase of any bear carcass or part thereof is prohibited.  The sale or purchase of black bear taxidermy mounts is prohibited, however taxidermy mounts of other bear species are allowed as long as they were legally acquired and have associated paperwork.

F.A.C. 68A-4.009: Bear Conservation Rule: Provides prohibitions, permitting, and agency activities concerning the Florida black bear (Ursus americanus floridanus) subsequent to its removal from the State-designated Threatened species list in August 2012.

F.S. 379.3762: Black bears are considered Class I animals and therefore cannot be kept as personal pets.

FWC Facts:
Florida is a peninsula, which contributes to the number of invasive species affecting our ecosystem.

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