This Baby Bear Will Melt Your Heart

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I'm a softie for stuff like this. I had a chance recently to get a look at two baby Florida Black Bears that are at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. They are only temporary residents and will be released once they are capable of taking care of themselves in the wild. 

These two cuties were separated from their mother and are in a private section of the park where access to them is limited. It doesn't look like it in the video but their enclosure is full of palmettos and native vegetation that closely resembles a natural habitat for bears. My understanding is that they are scheduled to be released sometime in the fall. Good luck little bears!

The Florida Black Bear has made a pretty good comeback from about 300 individuals in the wild to about 3 000 or so. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has a page with lots of information on bears as well as a video showing habitat areas around the state and current conservation efforts. Check out myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/managed/bear for more information.

Try not to watch that video more than four or five times OK? 

*Note: the bears aren't available for public viewing and access to them limited mainly to a few staff members at the park. 


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