Living In Bear Country lecture Sept. 16

September 2, 2010

Black bear. Photo courtesy Jamie Conley.

Learn about living near these fascinating creatures

Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Location Seaside Meeting Hall Theatre
216 Quincy Circle, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

South Walton Community Council and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission present a lecture on Sept. 16 about living in black bear territory.

Alan Knothe, the Wildlife Assistance Biologist for the Northwest Region for FWC, will be giving the lecture and teaching about bear safety and management.

It is that time of year when our local black bears become more active as they prepare to “den” during the winter. Bears have been spotted in the Topsail area, Grayton Beach and Seacrest area.  They are busy now foraging for food for the winter. Although they don’t “hibernate” as people often think, they do become less active during the winter so Mother Nature tells them to fill up now.

There are benefits to living in harmony with bears. Natural areas that support bears are home to many other animal species. Learn all about bears and the best ways to prevent them from becoming a nuisance on your property. These same steps help to prevent other animals from becoming problems. FWC’s new 15 min. DVD “Living with Florida Black Bears” will also be shown.

The talk is free and open to the public. For more information contact Alan at (850) 265-3676.