The Walton County Sheriff's Office has received numerous calls about bears all over Walton County. In the late summer and early fall, bears are driven to consume as many calories as possible in preparation for denning through the hungry winter months.
Bears that eat 5,000 calories a day may increase to 20,000 calories a day during this period. The diet of the average black bear is normally 80 percent vegetable, 15 percent insect, and 5 percent small animals, reptiles and eggs. However, living around humans, bears have developed a taste for people's garbage because it is often higher in calories than their natural food sources. The best way to avoid conflicts with bears is to secure anything that might attract a curious bear. The following suggestions may prevent bears from being attracted to and lingering in your neighborhood.
For more information please visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) website at http://www.myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/managed/bear/brochures/
Information provided by the Walton County Sheriff's Office