Online Reporting of Black Bear Sightings in NCF on the Increase
Published August 25th, 2014
OCALA NATIONAL FOREST---Wildlife officials are asking for your help in tracking bears in North Central Florida.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologists say citizen reports of bear sightings help them better study the Florida black bear population.
So far this year, over 300 bears have been spotted in North Central Florida.
But of that 300, close to 200 are out of the Ocala National Forest.
Some campers in the forest say they probably wouldn't take the time to report the bears they see on a daily basis.
"If they come in mass numbers, I probably would but just one or two sightings every three or four days, no, I'm going to leave them alone. It's their forest, not mine," said forest camper Jim McGinnis.
For more information on how to report a bear or bear track sighting, visit https://public.myfwc.com/fwri/blackbear/getlatlong.aspx.
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