Florida FWD Relocates 620 Pound Black Bear

Florida Fish & Wildlife Division, Bear Hunting Magazine

Of the 3,500 estimated black bears in the state of Florida, the Fish and Wildlife Division captured and relocated their largest one to date. The bear, a 620-pound male, was captured Monday after getting into trash in the Ocala National Forest. The bear was even able to get into secured garbage in a shed by pulling the aluminum siding off of it.

Before the bear was relocated, biologists sedated it to collect hair samples and give him an exam, identification tattoo and ear tag.

While this is the largest bear ever relocated in the state, the largest documented black bear in Florida was a 624-pound male that was struck and killed by a car in Naples a number of years ago.

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