The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will hold six public workshops in April and May to discuss management of black bears in the eastern portion of the Florida Panhandle and how people can get involved in working with the FWC on local bear issues.
The Franklin County one will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 15 at the city of Carrabelle Auditorium, 1001 Gray Ave.
Under the FWC’s Florida Black Bear Management Plan, approved in 2012, seven bear management units (BMUs) will be established throughout the state.
The BMU approach will allow the FWC to manage bears based on the characteristics of bears, people and habitat in different parts of
Workshops will offer the public a chance to provide input on local bear issues and allow interested individuals to sign up to be active members of the East Panhandle Bear Stakeholder Group. The meetings will be at the following locations:
April 30: Bristol, Veterans Memorial Civic Center, 10405 NW Theo Jacobs Lane
May 6: Tallahassee, Woodville Community Center, 8000 Old Woodville Highway
May 8: Panama City, Bay County Public Library, 898 West 11th St.
May 13: Perry, Forest Capital Hall, 204 Forest Park Dr.
May 20: Port St. Joe.
“The FWC is excited about getting the perspective of local residents and stakeholders on bear management in the east Panhandle of Florida,” said Dave Telesco, FWC Bear Management Program coordinator. “These workshops allow more interaction between participants and FWC staff than a regular meeting. We will be listening more than talking.”
The East Panhandle BMU includes Bay, Calhoun,
Go to MyFWC.com/Bear and look for “Which BMU are you?” to find out more about black bears in the East Panhandle BMU. “A guide to living in bear country” is also available at MyFWC.com/Bear by clicking on “Brochures and Other Materials,” and you can find more on bears and the bear management plan at MyFWC.com/Bear.