management of black bear populations in areas where they have over populated

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We ask that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission consider options for bear population management in those areas of Florida where it has over populated.  In 2012 FWC established bear population goals in Florida and subdivided the state into Bear Management Units.  Several of these Bear Management Units now have bear populations well over those goals.  As there are no natural predators in Florida for bears, bear populations will continue to increase unless more effectively managed. If bear populations exceed normal carrying capacity of the forest, negative bear/human interactions may be expected to increase as bears enter human areas in search of food.  Such interactions include car collisions, killing of livestock, property damage, attacks of pets, and attacks of humans.    Proper wildlife management programs are essential to maintaining a healthy ecosystem.  Wildlife programs cost money, and hunting licenses and tag sales provide a significant and reoccurring revenue source to fund both hunting and non-hunting programs in Florida.


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