Mother bear, cubs spotted in Log Lake Road area

HOLT, Fla., Jan. 7, 2020—A bear family was spotted roaming the area of Log Lake and Annie Jo roads here Monday.

bear-cub

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Holt resident Pam Wilson spotted a mother with two small cubs foraging for food and wants other residents to be aware of the animals.

“My young son opened our backdoor yesterday evening around 6 p.m. and the mamma was right by my steps and stood up on her hind legs,” she said.

The bears were looking for food, she said.

“Her two cubs were trying to climb one of my pine trees, but kept slipping down,” said Wilson.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, bears are driven by their need to eat. They follow their noses and can smell food odors up to a mile away.

bear-eating

Black bears can make a meal out of birdseed. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Human-provided easy-to-access bear food includes garbage, pet foods, livestock feed and birdseed.

Although black bears are normally too shy to risk contact with humans, their powerful need to find food can overwhelm this fear, according to the Fish and Wildlife website.

According to Fish and Wildlife, after awhile, bears become “habituated” by gradually losing fear of humans and will often return to areas with accessible food.

Once bears lose their natural fear of people, there is often little hope to make the bear wild again, according to the website.

Holt is one of many rural Okaloosa County communities where bears are spotted, especially since it’s close to the Eglin Air Force Base range.

“They live here too, but I don’t want any kids, or anyone, for that matter, to get hurt,” Wilson said.

Stephanie Holcombe

 

 

One thought on “Mother bear, cubs spotted in Log Lake Road area

  1. My neighbor is always throwing food out of his freezer packages and all into the woods. Sure it is his land but, it attracts bears and other animals and also is attracting my dogs whom normally I dont have any issue with them leaving their yard but that does not go. About 10 feet past my property line I have seen very large bear tracks also.

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