State wildlife officials hold public workshops on management of black bears in South Florida


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LEHIGH ACRES, Florida — Wildlife officials are hosting another public workshop to discuss management of black bears in South Florida.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will hold its third workshop Tuesday at the East County Regional Library in Lehigh Acres.

Bear Management Program coordinator Dave Telesco says the workshops allow for the commission to get "a better understanding of the local perspective on bear management."

Seven bear management units across the state will allow for the commission to manage bears based on the unique needs of bears, people and habitat in different parts of Florida. The region in the south includes Broward, Collier, Hendry, Lee, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach counties. Three other bear management units already have been initiated in the Panhandle.

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