Black Bear Have Returned To Wooten’s Everglades Airboat & Swamp Buggy Rides!

Could it be the same mama bear or maybe it’s one of her baby cubs from a couple years ago?

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the black bear & other apex predator of the mysterious Florida Everglades.

Stay tuned as, The investigation continues…

Florida Black Bear (Ursus americanus floridanus)

The Everglades black bear is one of seventeen subspecies of the American black bear
that has historically ranged throughout most of Florida and southern portions of
adjoining states.

The black bear is the largest land mammal in Florida. The average male weighs about
250 pounds while the average female weighs approximately 180 pounds.

Black bears are omnivores (they eat both plants and animals). Foods they may eat
include fruits and insects. About 90% of the Everglades black bear is vegetarian.

Which still leaves that other 10 percent!…

Everglades Black bears are mostly black in color, although they may be a lighter
brown-colored, as well. It’s been recorded they can run up to 25 miles per hour and
that they excel in climbing trees. The back bear has mastered the art of climbing
above all other bears.

Black bears are found in forested areas of Florida and throughout North America.
Florida black bears may use depressions in the forest leaf litter for a winter rest
of a few days or many months. More of Wintering  Over” rather that of hibernation.

It is on the Florida State List of  Threatened species due to a number of factors,
but most notably motor vehicle accidents that have accounted for 89.5% of deaths
since 1994.

Hunting of the subspecies was banned in 1994 to further protect the Florida
population.

The large black-furred bears live mainly in forested areas and have seen recent
habitat reduction throughout the state.