From “Florida Black Bear Management Plan, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, 2012”
Counties: Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, Wakulla and Washington
Minimum subpopulation objective 570 bears Estimated subpopulation in primary range 411-653 bears Potential bear habitat in Conserved Lands could support 297 bears (page 99, lines 2347-2349)
“Currently, potential bear habitat in conserved lands are insufficient to maintain or increase the minimum subpopulation objective. Habitat conservation efforts should seek to create two primary landscape connections: one with the West Panhandle BMU [Bear Management Unit] that incorporates Econfina Creek Water Management Area and Choctawhatchee River conservation areas, among others; and one with the Big Bend BMU using coastal conservation lands. … Continuing to manage St. Marks NWR [National Wildlife Refuge] and Aucilla WMA [Wildlife Management Area] to provide bear habitat would hel support bear numbers for expansion into the Big Bend BMU. ” (page 99, lines 2352-2359)
Habitat needed for 570 bears 2,359,856 acres Potential Bear Habitat 4,278,290 acres Potential Bear Habitat in Conservation Lands 1,229,916 acres Total area of BMU 5,830,664 acres*
*Includes public and private lands.