Posts Categorized: Florida

Family, Fun and Florida Black Bears »

When a rise in reported human and bear conflicts in 1999 threatened to give Florida black bears a bad rap, Defenders initiated the Annual Florida Black Bear Festival to teach the public ways to live responsibly in bear country. Twelve years later, they’re still at it!

A Better Year for Big Cats? »

Sadly, 2010 came to an end with little fanfare from Florida panthers – the past year was only marginally less deadly for the endangered animals than a record-breaking 2009. What can you do to help make 2011 a better year for the big cats?

Warm Welcome for Florida Manatees »

Manatees migrating to warmer waters will be greeted with open arms this year in Citrus County, Florida. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced an emergency rule to expand protected areas for the temperature-sensitive marine mammals, creating a refuge that includes all of Kings Bay in Crystal River.

Florida bear plan sparks interest »

Bear populations in Florida have staged a comeback in some areas and a new draft plan is sparking debate on how best to keep that comeback alive. Laurie Macdonald is the Florida director of Defenders of Wildlife. In 1994 she was instrumental in developing a black bear conservation program. She believes the new draft plan is a great start. “We are really pleased that the Wildlife Commission has undertaken a comprehensive conservation plan for the bear.”