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Bear Crossing...

Posted by
Judy aka L@dybug (Brooksville, FL, United States) on 25 October 2012 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

...yes, this was taken on Shoal Line Blvd, in Hernando Beach in Florida,
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June, 27, 2012: A plan for long-term conservation of the Florida black bear, whose population is estimated at more than 3,000 today, compared with as few as 300 in the 1970s, was approved today by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The FWC has a wonderful video about the bears in Florida.

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PS: As of 2:00 pm (Wednesday) EST ... Sad news: the bird in yesterday's image was picked up by someone from Busch Gardens in Tampa. They reset the broken leg, using pins, and were ready to operate for presumed internal injuries, when the bird expired. At the very least, a number of people tried to help.

January 1st is around the corner, along with an end to my daily posts, at least for now.
Dementia is so debilitating and Hubby needs more of my time.

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Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

I like the yellow against the green vegetation.

25 Oct 2012 6:45am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Good news for the bears, but so sad for that beautiful bird

25 Oct 2012 6:56am

@Doug: Thanks, Doug.

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(Old West Wales Boy), Germany

Not a sign you´d see here in Bielefeld !! it must be amazing knowing you have bears living nearby.
Shame about the poor bird but they are very sensitive and it´s rare that they pull through !!

25 Oct 2012 9:52am

@Anthony Morgan Lambert: We've never seen a bear here, but have heard stories about them. Yes, a shame about the crane ... at least attempts were made.

Rick from Toronto, Canada

I see these out west in Alberta, British Columbia, but Florida? Wow, you've got so much wildlife down there now... more than ever ! I am sad about the bird... poor thing.

25 Oct 2012 11:34am

@Rick: We have been here 25 years, and are still amazed at what wildlife lives here ... the Florida Panther is another wonderful animal that thrives here.

franz from Baden, Austria

perhaps a bit unusual to see a bear emerging from among palmettos, but why not ?!?
(sad news about the bird indeed!)

25 Oct 2012 11:42am

@franz: Some day I hope to see one with my own eyes. ... Thanks for your words about the crane.

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

How cool would it be if a bear was actually crossing at the point! haha.

25 Oct 2012 11:50am

@Ainsley: Amen to that! ;D

Calin from Seoul, South Korea

Cool!

25 Oct 2012 12:29pm

Joyce from Montana, United States

I LOVE THIS, and what it symbolizes. Great kudos to the Floridians and their appreciation of wildlife.

25 Oct 2012 12:42pm

@Joyce: Some of us appreciate ... some tolerate ... and as can be expected, some abhor! ;(

tyan from Singapore, Singapore

Did you meet any?:)

25 Oct 2012 2:12pm

@tyan: No, we haven't seen a bear, but would love to. ;D

Don from United States

I'm pleased to learn of the effort to preserve the bear population. Fine shot of this sign which I've never seen before.

25 Oct 2012 3:36pm

@Don: Thank you, Don ... there are definite preservation attempts at work!

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Wow ...On a Blvd ...! Great photo of the sign !

25 Oct 2012 3:45pm

@Mhelene: Thanks ... yes, there are signs in a number of places nearby.

Jeff from Pembroke Dock, United Kingdom

I envy your wild life, the wildest thing around here is Pat when she's got a cob on. ;>))...P S. Speak to you again when she lets me out of the shed.

25 Oct 2012 4:08pm

@Jeff: Ha, ha ... but does Pat wear her 'bear suit' when she's got her "cob on" ... whatever that is?

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Crikey! Who would have thought it!?

25 Oct 2012 5:43pm

@CElliottUK: That's exactly why I posted this ... an unusual happening for most around the world. ;D

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Must be great, do you ever think about looking for the bears to photograph, really lovely shot

25 Oct 2012 8:11pm

@Alun: No, we had never considered spending several months in the in sand-pine scrub, oak scrub, upland hardwood forests and forested wetlands, in order to find one. ;D

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

I didn't realize that there were bears in Florida! Well seen and captured Judy! ;-)

25 Oct 2012 11:41pm

@Eric Cousineau: Thanks, Eric.

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I am so sad to hear about the bird. But yes, at least they tried.
I, too, did not realize there were bears in Florida. One day I saw one ambling down my street here along the river in NJ.

26 Oct 2012 12:22am

@Ruthiebear: Thanks, Ruthie ... yes, we have surprises down here in FL, but I've never seen one walking down my street - or any street. ;D

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

I watched the video that you recommended in the introduction and....well, that was a surprise! I mean...I never thought of Florida being a habitat for bears!!!! I know you have a large quantity and variety of animals and birds and creepers.....I never thought of BEARS! So...are you prepared...in case there's a "visit" in your backyard?

27 Oct 2012 6:31am

@Japanalia: Glad you got to watch that video. Bears, and the enormous amount of cattle that is raised here, were probably the greatest surprises for us, coming from the northeast. As for being prepared, I don't think the 'guards' at the gate to our community would allow the bears to enter. :D

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I'm another who never thought about bears being in Florida. Very interesting.

28 Oct 2012 7:26pm

@B. Thomas: Most don't know we have bears here. ;D

Tim from Ft. Worth, United States

hurray for the bears! wonderful creatures - i'm very proud of your state's efforts!! cool shot :)

1 Nov 2012 1:27am

@Tim: Thank you, Tim, for wandering through and leaving comments!