With human and black bear populations on the rise in Florida, people in rural North Central Florida have had an increased number of encounters with this native species. The Umatilla bear festival occurred this past Saturday to give humans a bear’s eye-view of life in the forest. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Brittany Wienke reports on how the festival aims to educate families about how humans and bears can co-exist peacefully.[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/UmatillaFINAL.mp3]
New Republican leaders of the Florida House and Senate expressed a desire Tuesday to establish work programs that would address the increased impacts of rising sea levels in coastal communities.