The black bears are thriving in the Ocala National Forest but the road kill is a great concern. Unfortunatly Black bears are black and at night offer little warning.
We have observed bears that look both ways before crossing the highway! That will affect the bear count because the statistics include road kill. But if they learn proper road crossing safety???
Also see" Backyard Bears and Trail Camera Creatures on this website for trail camera videos and pictures of the backyard antics of Florida's Animals
Update 2013: They're also "surviving" in Silver Springs where the yet to be opened Indian Lake and the surrounding community are frequently visited ( so are any trash cans left out!)
Update 2014: The bear tracks at Indian Lake are gone from the lake and adjacent areas! The bears moved on after the park was opened and visitor presence increased.
Local residents moved the trash cans into the garage, which reduced their presence in the community, but a bear walking through your yard at night is still a normal evening!
The Large Kodiak Bears have had a tough time getting to the Silver Springs Park where they are now cared for with dignity and concern.
Watching a 1200 lb bear stare at a twig that he brought from the bottom of his pool is special.
But "removed!" The Park Sevice removed all animals as a condition of taking over operation of the Silver Springs attraction in 2013.
The best information I have is that the bears will live out their remaining life in the sanctuary of the Busch Garden in Tampa, Florida.
© Charles F. Littlewood