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Living with Florida Black Bears

Posted on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 1:50 am

bearBlack bear sightings have become increasingly common throughout Lake County and much of Florida, evoking feelings ranging from delight to sheer terror – and resulting in many calls to wildlife officials and local authorities.
On Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. at the Trout Lake Nature Center (TLNC) in Eustis, Andrea Boliek Walker, Public Hunting Areas Biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, will discuss the Florida black bear, its habits and habitat, and respond to concerns and questions about human co-existence with the bruins in a program titled Bears in the Neighborhood.
Her experience with the FWC includes black bear research and management in the Ocala National Forest, and serving as the state biologist in several of Florida’s wildlife management areas. She oversees regional regulatory changes and coordinates interaction among FWC staff, stakeholders and the public related to regional hunting areas.
She will outline results of recent research, including the bear population in various regions and the results of the recent hunt, and discuss how to coexist with bears and how to respond if you unexpectedly encounter one.
The program presented as part TLNC’s Friday Night Naturalist Speaker Series, will begin at 6 p.m. at TLNC’s Education Center, 520 East CR 44 in Eustis. There is no charge for admission, but a $5 donation is suggested to defray program costs. For more information, contact Eileen Tramontana at 352-357-7536 or tinc.director@gmail.com.