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The following schedule is from the 72nd Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies which was held October 21-24, 2018 in Mobile, Alabama. 
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Wednesday, October 24 • 8:20am - 8:40am
(CANCELLED) Wildlife 4 Track: Managing Florida’s Human-Bear Conflict: An Overview

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AUTHORS: Jordan Green, Bear Management Program, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

ABSTRACT: Human-bear conflicts are primarily caused by bear access to unsecured garbage and other anthropomorphic foods in Florida. Calls to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) are received by regional call centers. Most calls are resolved over the phone, however, calls that require a field response are usually coordinated by biologists who rely heavily on Bear Response Contractors (BRC’s), private individuals who set traps, recover vehicle-killed bears, and do public outreach. The FWC prohibits both intentional and unintentional feeding of bears. To assist with compliance with that rule, the FWC has distributed over $1.5 million since 2007 to local governments, with 52% of funding to those who require people to keep their garbage secure from bears. The FWC established Memorandums of Understanding with several waste service providers, defining their role in providing timely delivery of affordable bear-resistant equipment. The FWC works with bear-resistant can manufacturers to pre-test prototypes of trashcans with both captive and wild bears, providing feedback before the cans are officially tested for certification. The FWC takes proactive efforts to educate the public, including a formal Curriculum Guide as well as informal presentations and exhibits for schools, civic groups, and at local festivals. The FWC trains partner agencies on how to respond to human-bear conflicts, including how to haze bears. The FWC’s website has a wealth of information, including videos and instructions on how to secure attractants. The FWC’s multi-faceted approach will ultimately reduce human-bear conflicts over the long term.

Wednesday October 24, 2018 8:20am - 8:40am CDT
Bon Secour Bay II

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