Florida bears becoming more active as winter nears

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Florida black bears number more than 4,300 and can be found in preserves, rural lands and neighborhoods. These critters can grow as large as 700 pounds and eat as much as 20,000 calories a day during the fall. Chad Gillis/News-Press

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials are reminding rural residents that bears are becoming more active as they try to add calories in preparation for winter. Full Story »

Marion County Sheriff’s Officer encounters a wild bear

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To everyone watching this video… the behavior is exactly what NOT to do if you see a wild bear out here in Florida.

Please don’t make eye contact with them, and for fuck’s sake… please don’t say “Hey buddy…” to invite them over, as tempting as that may be. While they probably won’t rip your face off (they might, and they could very easily), that kind of behavior trains them not to fear humans. Not everyone wants to that close to a bear, and the more comfortable they feel around us, the more they will get shot by freaked out newbies, or once in a while decide to eat somebody because they’re hungry. It happens, we all gotta eat