Florida Hunter Safety Course

 

Protected Wildlife

Black Bear

Black Bear

The Florida black bear is currently a protected species. It can weigh up to 600 pounds and stand up to 6 feet tall on its hind legs. Normally, the bear has a uniform black coat, but may be brownish in color. Bears are omnivorous, which means they eat both plant and animal matter. Eighty percent of a bear's diet is plant material. It is illegal to take bear in Florida. Diminishing habitat and concerns for black market value for bear parts has caused the Commission to put the black bear on the protected species list. It is illegal to feed bears in Florida.

 
 

Fox Squirrel

Fox Squirrel

The eastern fox squirrel is generally twice as large as the gray squirrel. In the southeast, a fox squirrel's body may be variously colored with mixtures of red, yellow, white and black and the head more or less black with white on the nose and ears. There is no hunting season on fox squirrels in Florida; the species is protected.

 

Source: FWC Hunter Education Program

 
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