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Florida's wildlife commission asks high school students to create PSAs about black bears

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) recently announced that it will extend the deadline for high school students to submit their black bear public service announcement videos. They will now have until November 18 to create and send in one-minute videos that educate Florida residents about black bears.

People tend to believe that black bears are more similar to their grizzly relatives than they actually are, and since the black bear population in the Sunshine State is growing, it is important for people to know how to react if they encounter one of these gentle forest creatures.

The FWC wants to educate Floridians on the best tactics to deter black bears should they wander onto their properties in order to lower the risk of unnecessary bear-human interactions. While they can be dangerous, this species of bear tends to stick to a diet of roots, berries and insects, according to National Geographic. Unfortunately, if they are fed human food, they will begin to seek it out, which is why it is important for people to understand that they should not leave food outside when they live in or are visiting areas where black bears reside.

The winning videos will be posted on the FWC website and their YouTube channel. They may also get airtime on Florida TV stations.
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