- Urban Bear Management Area and Florida Black Bears
- Urban Bear Management Ordinance
Urban Bear Management Ordinance
Seminole County, in consultation with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), has developed regulations intended to reduce human-bear conflicts within Seminole County and the City of Oviedo.
The regulations employ nationally recognized best management techniques for eliminating bear attractants and require that refuse, the most significant contributor to bear-human conflicts, be secured in a manner that precludes access by bears.
The core of these bear management regulations focuses on the elimination of bear attractants within designated Urban Bear Management Areas. Within an established Urban Bear Management Area, Residential Refuse Customers must secure their refuse until the designated collection day. This may be accomplished through storage of refuse containers within a garage, shed, or other secured structure until 5 a.m. on the day of collection. While Residential Refuse Customers may alternatively elect to secure refuse within a bear-resistant container, the new bear management regulations do not require Residential Refuse Customers to purchase bear-resistant refuse cans.
- What is an Urban Bear Management Area?
- What does this Ordinance require?
- Do I have to purchase a bear resistant trash container in order to comply with the Ordinance?
- If I currently use a bear resistant trash container, do I have to comply with the set hours for trash pick-up?
- My trash is picked up early in the morning. Can I put my trash out for hauler pick-up by my hauler the night before?
- How can I purchase a bear resistant container that is approved by my hauler?
- How can I manage other bear attractants at my home?
- Who do I do if I have an a bear in my area?
- What will Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission do when I contact them about a bear conflict in my area?
- How can I learn more about bear management in Florida?
- How do I know if my trash can is considered secure?
- Are recycling containers required to be secured as well?