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Remove Food Attractants to Reduce Conflicts with Bears


Last updated 4/15/2021 at 10:54am


As spring temperatures warm, bears are becoming more active, increasing opportunities for conflicts with people. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds Florida residents and visitors to remove food attractants to reduce negative interactions with bears and other wildlife.

"Bears are coming out of their winter dens and they're searching for food," said Dave Telesco, who directs the FWC's Bear Management Program. "Secure trash, pet food, birdfeeders and other food items that could attract a bear to your yard or neighborhood. If you don't give them a reason to stay...

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