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Thursday, November 25, 2021

More black bears spotted around Marion County

Residents have continued sharing photos of black bears spotted all across Marion County in recent weeks.

Caroline Christensen shared a series of photos with us of a bear that roamed through her yard recently.

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Caroline Christensen spotted this black bear roaming through her front yard recently

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Lorraine DeFoe Adames captured video of a black bear roaming around in her driveway and front yard recently.

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Lorraine DeFoe Adames shared this photo of a black bear spotted in her driveway
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Lorraine DeFoe Adames videoed this bear walking outside of her driveway and front yard

Wildlife officials advise residents to secure all food, garbage and recycling, as those items may draw the interest of a hungry bear. That even includes things like bird feeders, as bears may be attracted to seeds and grains.

Earlier this month, the Belleview Police Department issued a warning to residents after reports of bear sightings in the city. Cheryl Brantley shared this photo of a black bear chomping down on a bag of garbage in the front yard of her Belleview home.

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Cheryl Brantley spotted this bear in the front yard of her home in Belleview

Bear sightings increased dramatically, with bear watching season in full effect at Ocala National Forest, among other local parks and neighborhoods. 

If you see a bear in the area, do not intentionally feed or approach them, and make sure to always keep your distance.

Have you photographed or videoed a bear in Marion County recently? Share your photos and videos with us through our Contact Us page.