04 October 2012 Florida Black Bears: Fall Feasting and a Fall Festival Posted by: Haley McKey | Leave a comment | Share: by Haley McKey Fall is finally here, and the change in season is sending Florida Black Bears a message, loud and clear: “eat up while the getting’s good!” It’s important to the safety of bears and people that they avoid communities and stick to their natural diet of fruit, nuts and acorns. There’s a great variety of nuts, fruits and seeds in the Florida countryside for bears to snack on (lots of acorns, not to mention the occasional treat of honey and larvae from beehives). But bears instinctively look for the greatest calorie reward for the least effort, at this time of year especially. Unfortunately, in suburban areas that often means pet food and trash. Fortunately, there’s a great opportunity to learn how to bear-proof your property in Florida this weekend. The Forgotten Coast Black Bear Festival is coming to Carrabelle, Florida on October 6, and will hold workshops on living with bears, along with presentations by bear experts and guided hikes with a bear biologist. There are plenty of fun activities for kids and families too: live music, vendors and exhibits, and a Procession of the Species Parade! Click here to learn more. You can also see some examples of ways to bear-proof your property here. Making sure we don’t leave items out around our homes that attract bears helps keep both bears and people safe and assures bears are foraging on their natural wild foods. Bear-proofing is a community effort, since just one home with unsecured trash can create risk for the rest of the neighborhood. That’s why festivals and events like the Forgotten Coast Black Bear Festival are important: they bring people together to learn about, as well as celebrate, the unique wildlife they share their state with. Learn more about what Defenders is doing to help wildlife and people coexist. Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Last Week to Submit Your Photos! Defenders 5th annual photo contest is now in it’s final week, but you still have time to submit your best wildlife and wild lands photos for a chance to win a trip to Yellowstone National Park with renowned wildlife photographer Jess Lee! Failing Report Card on Federal Efforts to Conserve Sage-grouse Analyzing the federal plans for sage-grouse conservation, our experts find some serious problems for this iconic and already imperiled bird. Senate Wakes Up to Climate Change…At Least Some of Them Tonight more than 20 senators will be taking over the Senate floor to pull an all-nighter to “wake up” Congress to climate change.