FWC to hold public workshop on bears

FWC to hold public workshop on bears

FWC to hold public workshop on bears

Published: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 10:35 AM.

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 Florida . The first steps are being taken to create the East Panhandle BMU to manage the bear subpopulation in the Apalachicola National Forest and surrounding areas.

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

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