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!” 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 Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Wolf Weekly Wrap Up Fish and Wildlife Service Holds Public Meetings to Determine Fate of Mexican Gray Wolves; Six Mexican Gray Wolves Released in New Mexico; How Do People Form Their Opinions About Wolves? A Field Day with Gopher Tortoises Our Florida staff members spent a field day at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve to learn more about the reproductive and burrowing habits of gopher tortoises. Wolves are even more socially complex than we thought… In order to survive, wolves form cooperative groups known as packs, and these pack members hunt together, rear pups together, and compete against other wolf packs for food and territory.