FWC prepares residents for black bear encounters – News4Jax (WJXT)

Following a rash of black bear sightings in and around St. Johns County, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission hosted a community meeting Thursday evening in Nocatee.
Wildlife officials geared residents up for summer — when experts said it’s likely there will be even more bear sightings.
During the meeting in the Nocatee Room of Crosswater Hall, FWC leaders reported that more than 3,000 black bears are currently roaming Florida — up from 300 in just a few decades. They also said bear-related calls increased by 6,000 over 13 years.