Florida Bear Euthanized After Raiding Garbage

Florida Fish & Wildlife Division, Bear Hunting Magazine

Florida wildlife officials released a statement regarding the capture and euthanizing of a mother black bear after she became increasingly brazen in her efforts to obtain human-provided food.

Two 100-pound plus cubs captured with her on November 29th were released on Eglin Air Force Base property which is located in the Florida Panhandle. Because of their age and weight, they were determined to no longer be dependent on their mother.

Officials say the bear had recently become more bold and protective of her cubs. The sow had lost her natural fear of humans and both the mother and cubs were larger than bears reliant on food found in nature.

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