PANAMA CITY, Fla., Oct. 6 (UPI) — An increasing number of wild black bears have invaded residential areas at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., searching for food, wildlife officials said.
Personnel at the base near Panama City have used a variety of techniques to try to curtail the problem, including nighttime patrols when loaded garbage cans are placed outside for pickup the next day, NWFDailynews.com reported Monday.
Staff at the base found bears had visited 135 housing units with trash cans in August, up from 95 in July, Allen Richmond, chief of conservation for Tyndall’s 325th Civil Engineer Squadron Natural Resources, said.
“We think six adult bears are actively hitting the trash cans, with four cubs actively tagging along,” Richmond said.
The bears still shy away from humans, he said.
Florida has no record of black bear attacks on people, state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Stan Kirkland said.
Tyndall has been issued a permit to trap the bears and relocate them with the assistance of state personnel to less inhabited areas of the base, the report said.
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