Busy bear season begins in Florida

Florida wildlife officials launch information campaign

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A black bear is spotted in the Sweetwater Club subdivision in Longwood.

NAPLES, Fla. - It's fall, which means there will be more sightings of Florida's largest land mammal.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is hosting an event Friday morning at the Naples Zoo to provide information about how bears are more active this time of year. The commission will also highlight what to do and not to do when humans encounter bears.

During the event, wildlife officials will place bear-resistant garbage cans in a bear display. The FWC will also launch a new website where residents and visitors can document their encounters or bear sightings.

FWC biologists estimate that there are between 2,500 and 3,000 black bears in Florida. It's the only species of bear found in Florida.

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