FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Wanted: Bear contractors.
Must have flexible schedule, vehicle able to haul small trailer, clean criminal history and people skills.
The News-Press reports that because Lee and Highlands counties are experiencing an increase in human-bear conflicts, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is seeking a contractor to assist in trapping bears, retrieval of carcasses resulting from vehicle collisions and community outreach.
FWC has divided the state into seven Bear Management Units. Lee and Collier counties are in the South BMU, which contains the state's second-largest bear population, 516 to 878, compared to the Central BMU, with 825 to 1,225.
Human-bear conflicts include a bear digging through trash, walking through a yard, destroying crops, threatening or attacking humans or domestic animals.