$825,000 to Reduce Human-Bear Conflicts
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) today announced which local governments will be awarded a share of the $825,000 in bear-conflict reduction funding. This funding aims to reduce the number of bears spending time in neighborhoods by participating in cost sharing with local governments to provide more residents with bear-resistant equipment. Unsecured trash is the No. 1 reason that bears enter neighborhoods and come into conflict with people. The funding proposals were scored by FWC staff, including bear biologists, and were awarded based on several criteria including the likelihood the project would reduce human-bear interactions.
The “BearWise” funding opportunity was announced on July 11 and applications were due Oct. 14. A panel of FWC staff evaluated each application based on several factors”
Collier County – $17,499 – County Parks and Recreation will receive $4,899 to buy bear-resistant trash cans for three parks and preserves, and Farm Worker Village Neighborhood Association will receive $12,600 to modify 591 regular trash cans to make them bear-resistant.
For more information about BearWise funding, visit MyFWC.com/WildlifeHabitats and click on “Bear,” then “Brochures & Other Materials.