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are there bears in florida


Florida black bear - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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** Florida black bear **

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Florida black bear

A Florida black bear in Ocala National Forest
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Ursidae
Genus: /Ursus/
Species: /U. americanus/
Subspecies: /*U. a. floridanus*/
Trinomial name
*/Ursus americanus floridanus/*
Merriam, 1896

The *Florida black bear* (/Ursus americanus floridanus/) is a subspecies of
the American black bear that has historically ranged throughout most of
Florida and southern portions of Alabama and Georgia. The large
black-furred bears live mainly in forested areas and have seen recent
habitat reduction throughout the state. On June 27, 2012 the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) delisted the Florida Black Bear
from the state threatened species list. Successful conservation of the
Florida black bear was confirmed by the FWC’s 2011 Biological Status
Review, which reported the bear to be no longer at high risk of extinction.
In addition to delisting the Florida Black Bear from the list of threatened
species rules were adopted “stating it is still illegal to injure or
kill a bear in this state, or possess or sell bear parts.” ^[1]

*Contents*

· 1 Description

· 1.1 Physical
· 1.2 Behavior

· 2 Habitat

· 2.1 Range

· 3 Conservation
· 4 References

*Description [edit]*

-Physical [edit]-

Florida black bears are typically large-bodied with shiny black fur, a
light brown nose and a short stubby tail.^[2] A white chest patch is also
common on many but not all the bears.^[3] It is currently Florida's largest
terrestrial mammal with an average male weight of 300 pounds (140 kg) and
a few have grown above 500 pounds (230 kg).^[2]^[3]^[4] Females generally
weigh less and on average are about


Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida_black_bear

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