Get Involved

Want to help FWC conserve Florida’s black bears, but not sure how you can help?


- Learn about your Bear Management Unit (BMU)

- Learn how to be BearWise by securing your attractants

- Request a presentation from FWC staff for your community and/or civic group

- If your county or city is in bear country, contact them about practicing BearWise principles, adding educational materials to their webpages for existing and new residents and passing BearWise waste management ordinances. Here are a few examples of local governments with bear specific webpages: Seminole CountyExternal Website, Volusia CountyExternal Website, and the City of Mary EstherExternal Website


- Buy a Conserve Wildlife License plateExternal Website. The proceeds not only benefit bears, but many other Florida wildlife species through a competitive grant program overseen by the Fish and Wildlife Foundation of FloridaExternal Website

- Attend a local environmental event, such as the Florida Wildlife Festival in Umatilla 

- Donate to the Black Bear Management FundExternal Website with the Fish and Wildlife Foundation of FloridaExternal Website to assist with providing solutions to human-bear conflicts

- Donate to The Nature Conservancy's "Keep Bears in the Woods"External Website campaign

- Assist FWC record bear locations by reporting your bear observations (e.g. sighting, tracks, scat) while hiking, camping, bird watching, or paddling in Florida

- Share FWC’s Bear Wise messaging through social media


- Inquire about Bear Management Program volunteer or internship opportunities

- Sign up for GovDelivery, a free service that will email or text you updates on any state government related topics of your choosing, including wildlife like bears

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