We, the Human Race, are arrogant in thinking that
because we do not understand the language of animals,
that what they are saying is not of consequence.
Indeed, the animals are speaking to us and
for their sake and ours, we must start listening. Keep Florida Wildlife Wild and Alive~
Walking with the Alligators
A Florida Alligator
July 24, 2013
A Fed Bear Is A Dead Bear
Picture credit: hans-stieglitz
Once again this morning, I
had not intended to write, but once again it
was not to be.
This state has a pretty
poor record, in my eyes, when it comes to
“nuisance, (their word not mine)
Nearly every day in our
local news, there is another story of a wild
animal who has caused a problem and has
Today, yet another Black
Bear has stepped across that magical,
mythical line set up by those in charge and
he has paid for his indiscretions with his
Black Bear Euthanized
He was ” euthanized,” what
a deceitful word that is, why do they dare
not speak the truth, they killed him.
Our Florida Black Bears
are normally shy, reclusive, omnivores (which means that they will eat most
anything) and there has never been
an incidence of one attacking a human here.
The ones who end up on the
Orlando news are usually at the top of a
tree, waiting for the people, the cameras
and the noise to leave, so that they can
come down and go about their business.
Perhaps if I had not lived
for so many years in a place like
California, where wild things are now pretty
much coveted, it would not be so hard to
live here in Florida, the wildlife hunting
capital of the South.
To be completely fair, it
was not always so animal friendly in
California, in the historical past, many
wild animals were hunted and killed, which
is why today, there are so few of them left
and people have reversed their thinking and
now go out of their way to protect them.
Florida seems to have such
a low tolerance level for wild things that
bring attention to themselves.
The place where this bear
was killed is in an upscale place on
Florida’s West or Gulf Coast,
I know this only because one of my Aunts
lives there and she has commented on the
kind of people who call it home.
Some of the very wealthy
residents of Naples, like others
of Florida’s affluent resort areas, only
live here part of the year and they don’t
care much for having wild things roaming
around in their neighborhoods and want to be
assured that everything is “ under
And as is usually the case
with a wild animal here, “ under control ”
We did have a large
gorgeous Black Bear here in our little
corner of the world that was recently caught
and relocated: Massive Black Bear Relocated
So, the lesson learned
here is a bitter one, indeed.
Any animal, wild or
otherwise, will remain where a food supply
is constant and it was surmised by the
authorities, that someone was feeding this
young Black Bear.
As the FWS officer who
ended this bear’s life quite accurately
pointed out, ” a fed bear is a dead bear.”
The reminders about
“bear safety” are on the news here
constantly and wouldn’t you think after
witnessing enough of these sad “euthanizations “ on
TV, that people would eventually get it?
If we eliminate their
food source, the Bears won’t come.
So, this little, young
bear is gone, he is dead and will not, as
has often been done in the past, be
relocated up to where we are in the Ocala
Forest, because he might repeat his most ”offensive
If only our Florida
wildlife got as many second chances, as the
criminals here who repeatedly commit the
same crimes and continue to go free.
Perhaps there should be a
separate justice system for our criminal