Fish and Wildlife Research Institute


Florida Black Bear

The Florida black bear, Ursus americanus floridanus, is a subspecies of the American black bear, and is the state's largest land mammal. Listed by the state as threatened from 1974 to 2012, the subspecies currently lives in seven separated subpopulations throughout Florida, as well as in southern Alabama and southern Georgia.

Species Profile

Learn more about Florida black bear biology, behavior and habitat needs.

Black Bear Research

Read summaries from the Florida black bear abundance study.

Report Florida Black Bear Sightings

View Submitted Black Bear Sightings

This map displays the user-submitted locations of black bear sightings, some with photos, entered through the Florida Black Bear Registry.

Selected Research Publications

This selection features publications by FWRI black bear research staff.


The FWC's black bear management goal is to maintain sustainable populations in suitable habitats throughout Florida for the benefit of the species and people. Learn more.

Living with Florida Black Bears

The presence of bears is not necessarily a problem or a threat to your safety. But it is important to remember that bears are wild animals and deserve respect.

FWC Facts:
Johnson's seagrass (Halophila johnsonii) lives only in Florida, and is the only federally listed threatened marine plant species.

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