COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — Fall is fast approaching in Southwest Florida, which means black bears are going to travel further towards civilization during their search for food.
Officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are urging residents and visitors to take measures to protect people and bears.
Bears need to consume around 20,000 calories per day during this time of year and will eat just about anything that’s within reach. One of the most frequent targets? Your garbage can.
Food scraps found in the garbage are convenient and provide a bear more calories in less time than foraging