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One on One With Stan Kirkland on Bear Encounters

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As black bears become more active in fall, more and more people are seeing them in unusual places, like their yards. Bears have a keen sense of smell and often times try to get leftovers out of your garbage. So what do you do if you find one on your property?

"Well, we don't recommend anybody try and go out and take a broom and try to run a bear off." Says FWC officer Stan Kirkland. "We recommend that if you if you drive up and you see a bear in your yard, make noise, blow the horn, that sort of thing and usually they will leave."

Kirkland says the bear population in Florida is growing dramatically. They are conducting a survey of sightings around the state. You can learn more about the survey, black bears and other wildlife on the new FWC web site