A remote camera captured an image of a Florida black bear on the J.N ‘Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Monday.
A refuge biologist says the bear looks to be about a year and a half old and about 50 pounds. It was at a 100-acre freshwater satellite parcel known as the Bailey Tract.
She says the bear poses NO immediate threat but people should keep all food and garbage secured and stored inside.
Black bears are native to Florida and are protected a under state and federal laws.
Bears are most active at night and eat almost anything, including grass, insects, small mammals and dead things. The refuge asks folks to report any sightings.
Lead Biologist Tara Wertz: (239) 472-1100 x231.
Thursday, 30 June 2011 14:07