Bear spotted in Grayton Beach State Park

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  1. Matt J

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    Good lord bears in the State Park and the land that borders it? What's next, a shark in the gulf, gator in the bayou, or heavens just nature in general?

    Your garbage and how to keep bears out!

    I'm also wondering if mothballs would work? You could just throw a handful around the garbage cans.
     
  2. Walton Outdoors

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    Black bears are vegetarians, and, unless provoked (protecting their cubs or defending themselves), are not aggressive in nature. I am delighted that the black bears are thriving in our local forests. They are opportunists and the scent of discarded food items, dog food, even bird seed will attract them. Education is the key in understanding our indigenous fauna. Here are some helpful tips...

    Living with Florida black bears | Welcome to Walton Outdoors
     
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  3. DavidD

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    I mentioned the bear sighting in Subway 30A, and the sandwich technician told me that a bear regularly visits a dumpster there. There are more here than I thought or else its one busy bear.
     
  4. Teresa

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    :blink:davidd - you said "sandwich technician".
     
  5. butterbean

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    reckon Yogi skips the salami and just eats the olives and lettuce and bread?
     
  6. Everytime

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    I ran in Pt. Washington State Forest a good bit over Labor Day weekend and the ranger was in the Eastern Lake Trailhead parking lot checking fee tags on cars. I asked him if he'd seen any of the bears in the area, and he'd seen some tracks out in the trail; I'm pretty sure I saw some tracks on the portion of the trail that piggybacks the State Forest road, probably 3/4 mile from 395 and up to the next road/trail fork to the 3.5 mi loop. He did say that the bigger danger is rattle snakes, and warned me to wear orange if running anywhere in PWSF after October 1, since that is when bow season starts. I just can't bring myself to wear orange during football season.
     
  7. Matt J

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    Gotta love the south when someone will risk their life instead of possibly be considered an Auburn/Clemson/Florida fan.
     
  8. grace

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    on a different note, i saw a red wolf crossing 98 around dusk last night.
    he was gorgeous.
     
  9. Matt J

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    We've seen one over in the BMB area near 83 on several occasions.
     
  10. Teresa

    Teresa SoWal Guide Staff Member

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    :floor::floor::clap::rolling:I do understand.
     
  11. Britkiwi

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    I saw one about 1 1/2 month ago there sitting in the driveway on 83 of the County Facility (whatever it is there on the right as you head south) towards Redfish village...It was pretty freaking cool I thought.
     
  12. Everytime

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    Honestly, it's Tennessee that causes me greater psychological conflict, then Aubuhn. And I probably won't be back down there till January or so, and I should be able to lift the clothing ban by that time.

    And I should add that my (no) love for UT is about the same as that UA student on the Youtube video that hates UT and that puke orange, etc.
     
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  13. waterhound

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    He's been getting in my trash on and off for a month and a half. there is no such thing as bear proof trash containers and hoa approved containers
     
  14. Matt J

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    Have you tried putting it out the morning of pick up?
     
  15. jodiFL

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    I think it may be time for the HOAs to start addressing this situation. Maybe you could bring it to their attention and start a trend that works for all beings involved.
    EDIT: the ones at THIS SITE dont seem to be alot different than most of the ones I see around here.
     
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    On the way home from taking my little man to school at Bay last week a wolf (he was definitely not a coyote) ran across 83 in front of me from one side of the long leaf pine trail to the other. It was very cool, but I am kind of nervous to walk the trails alone now.
     
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    Baaahahahaha!!!! Go Vols!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;-)
     
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    ShallowsFuzz & ShallowsSquirt just got home from working out and report seeing a BIG black bear crossing 283 just south of 98, near the trails. Fuzz has patrolled all night long on and off over the last 26 years, and this was his first bear sighting. :clap:

    Squirt's reaction was that it was pretty cool, but he is basically uncomfortable with the fact that animals that are bigger than his car are crossing the road. :creepy:
     
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    Guests at WC reported seeing a bear crossing 283 tonight between 30a and 98.
     

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