Your Bear Management Unit (BMU) – The Big Bend BMU

Big Bend BMU Bear Range Map - Brown=Abundant; Beige=Common; Tan=Occasional; Eggshell= Rare

The Big Bend Bear Management Unit includes Citrus, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hernando, Lafayette, Levy, and Pasco counties and contains the Chassahowitzka subpopulation.  Bears are absent or nearly so throughout most of the Big Bend BMU with the exception of a remnant group of bears in and around the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area at the southern extent of the BMU.  The FWC estimates approximately 30 bears live in the Chassahowitzka subpopulation.  The plan’s objectives Adobe PDF for the Big Bend BMU are to increase the current bear subpopulation numbers and to reduce habitat fragmentation.

The Florida Black Bear Management Plan called for the creation of Bear Stakeholder Groups for each of the seven bear subpopulations. These groups are made up of local residents, government officials, non-profit organization staff, FWC staff, business owners, property managers, and other interested individuals in the Big Bend BMU. The Group meets several times a year to discuss bear management and research.

Are you interested in being a part of the Bear Stakeholder Group?  Email us at: BearPlan@MyFWC.com

 

 

Vehicle strikes account for the majority of bear deaths in Florida statewide.   The number of bears killed by vehicles, or euthanized due to vehicle injuries, documented each year in the Big Bend BMU can be seen below.

Big Bend BMU Bear Roadkill Bar Graph - See Caption Below

Caption: This bar graph shows the number of bears killed by vehicle strikes in the Big Bend BMU from 2000 to 2017, totaling 6 bears.

2010 = 0 bears

2011 = 0 bears

2012 = 0 bears

2013 = 2 bears

2014 = 0 bears

2015 = 0 bears

2016 = 1 bear

2017 = 3 bears

 

 

Each year, FWC receives thousands of calls statewide from the public about bears.  The following chart shows the number of bear-related reports FWC received from the Big Bend BMU.

Big Bend BMU Bear Related Calls Bar Graph - See Caption Below

Caption: This bar graph shows the number of Big Bend BMU bear related calls received by FWC from the public from 2010 to 2017, totaling 409 calls.
2010 = 26 calls
2011 = 10 calls
2012 = 11 calls
2013 = 78 calls
2014 = 37 calls
2015 = 34 calls

2016 = 27 calls

2017 = 186 calls

 

 

The following pie chart represents the reasons people call FWC about bears in the Big Bend BMU.

Big Bend BMU Reasons for Bear Related Calls Pie Chart - See Caption Below

Caption: This pie chart shows the reason for Big Bend BMU bear related calls received by FWC from the public from 2010 to 2017, totaling 409 calls. General Interaction (light blue slice) = 40%; In Garbage (brown slice) = 22%; Property Damage (orange slice) = 18%; Miscellaneous (light grey slice) = 8%; Sick/Dead Bear (dark green slice) = 8%;  Bear-Animal Encounter (yellow slice) = 1%; In Structure (dark grey slice) = 1%; Illegal Activity (dark blue slice) = < 1%; Public Safety Incident (light green slice) = <1%

 

We look forward to working with you to conserve and manage Florida’s black bears.



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