FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (WKRG) — A severely injured female black bear found on the side of Lewis Turner Boulevard on Monday had to be euthanized, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) says.
When FWC officers responded on Monday, Sept. 27, they found the bear to be too far gone to be saved.
With the black bears’ habitat dwindling in Northwest Florida because of development, spotting them in roadways has become a more common occurrence. Also, this time of the year is when bears travel across more roadways in search of food, FWC says.
FWC is offering these tips for avoiding black bears on roadways.
• Drivers need to be aware of their surroundings as they drive in bear country, especially around dusk and dawn, and when there is forest on both sides of the road.
• If you see a bear crossing sign, pay particular attention as this area has had frequent vehicle-bear collisions.