Santa Rosa County man says bear destroyed his chicken coop

Northwest Florida

A Santa Rosa County man says a bear destroyed his chicken coop this morning. 

Travis Shirah says his wife was putting their son on the school bus when he heard a noise in the backyard.

Shirah says he discovered it was a bear who had destroyed the chicken coop and ran off with one of the chickens. He says he lives on Woodlawn Subdivision in Gulf Breeze. 

Shirah says other neighbors in the area have had encounters with bears and something needs to be done about the issue.

“What really needs to happen is the bears need to be relocated,” Shirah said. “If they’re getting this bold it will only be a matter of time before something worse happens.”

He says almost every week the bears are going the garbage cans. Shirah says he tried to call the Florida Wildlife Commission but nothing was done about the problem.

“I really wasn’t expecting them to go after a live chicken,” Shirah said. “I’m not the only one that’s been hit in this neighborhood.”

Brandon Cook lives down the street, and says bear sightings are normal in the neighborhood.

“Last night there were like two or three of them out here in my front yard,” Cook said. “I guess they were trying to get in my trash but I did not have any in there.”

News Five reached out to FWC to see what can be done about the bear problem but we have not heard back yet.

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