“The Paper Bear” team gives update on feature film

Courtesy of The Northwest Florida Daily News ALYS BEACH — It has been a few months since The Northwest Florida Daily News last reported on a feature film filmed entirely in Walton County. Since December, the director of “The Paper Bear,” Arix Zalace, and his team have been putting the final touches on a film destined to […]

The Florida Black Bear

Courtesy of the Friends of South Walton Sea Turtles Newsletter, February 2024 As we continue to develop land in Walton County, there are increased sightings of the Florida black bear. The Florida black bear is black furred and is a subspecies of the American black bear. Although these mammals are usually shy and quiet, they […]

Be BearWise this spring

Courtesy of Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission Now that spring is here, black bears in Florida are becoming more active. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is sharing BearWise® tips to help prevent conflicts between people and bears. Residents and visitors alike can reduce the potential of negative interactions with bears and other […]

Living with Bears

BLACK BEAR- The Florida black bear is the smallest of American bear, but the largest terrestrial omnivore or carnivore in Florida.  Diet consists primarily of plants and invertebrates, but will consume vertebrates and carrion. They are territorial, so will defend a home range against other bears, which is an adaptation that reduces competition for food, […]

BearWise® Communities Making a Difference Across the Southeast

Written by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Reducing human-bear conflicts one community at a time  RALEIGH, NC (November 29, 2021) – Sprawling development, increasing human populations, the desire to live and recreate in areas that were once remote, combined with the successful restoration of black bear populations by state wildlife agencies have resulted in more […]