Florida Black Bear Showcases Need for Wildlife Corridors
Ever wonder what motivated the team to dedicate their lives to the Florida Wildlife Corridor mission?
Wildlife Biologist, Joe Guthrie, began studying and tracking Florida Black Bears for his graduate thesis with the University of Kentucky in 2006. A few years later in 2009, Joe and his colleagues tracked a Florida Black Bear known as M34 with GPS. M34's movements started near Sebring, but over the corse of two months marched north all the way to Interstate 4 before having to turn around. M34 was unable to cross the busy roadway of Interstate 4 and had to travel all the way back down to Lake Okeechobee and Fisheating Creek, not far from where he started his journey.
Check out a short three minute video all about Joe and Florida Black Bear, M34.
The inability for wildlife to move and exchange genes into different populations makes animals susceptible to diseases and inbreeding. Therefore, conservation easements and federally protected lands are critical to healthy wildlife populations in the state of Florida.
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