FWC to hold public workshop on bears

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

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. Gulf Coast State College, Gulf/Franklin Campus, 3800 Garrison Ave.

“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, Franklin , Gadsden , Gulf, Jackson , Jefferson , Leon , Liberty , Madison , Taylor, Wakulla and Washington counties. The West Panhandle BMU was put into action in fall 2013, and the Central BMU was initiated in March of this year.

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. 

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