Time to beware of bears in parts of Florida

Published: Monday, October 14, 2013 at 9:06 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, October 14, 2013 at 9:06 a.m.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Wildlife officials in Florida are warning people to beware of bears.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission warns that over the next few months bears will be in their annual feeding frenzy. That means the number of bear sighting and encounters will likely rise.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal (http://bit.ly/GWPxjZ ) reports that while bears don't typically hibernate in Florida, they still experience the need to eat as much as possible during autumn.

They say a solution is bear resistant garbage cans. During a 2011 pilot program, wildlife officials handed out 130 cans to homes in Greenwood. Within six months, they noted a 59 percent decrease in bear interactions.

Officials also say residents shouldn't leave dog or cat food outside.

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