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Monday, April 22, 2024

Surveillance camera captures image of bear at home in The Villages

A black bear was captured on video surveillance walking through a yard in The Villages.

A Ring camera caught the bear in the wee hours Friday lumbering through a yard in the Village of Charlotte.

The presence of bears is not necessarily a problem or a threat to your safety. But it is important to remember that bears are wild animals and deserve respect, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. 

Bears are driven by their need to eat and with a sense of smell that can detect odors over a mile away, problems arise when bears gain access to food sources such as pet foods, garbage, barbecue grills, bird seed or even livestock feed.

Bears are highly intelligent and adaptable, learning quickly to associate people with food. Black bears are normally too shy to risk contact with humans, but their powerful need to find food can overwhelm this fear.

A few tips to help keep bears from visiting your yard:

  • Feed pets indoors or bring in dishes after feeding.
  • Clean grills and store them in a locked, secure place.
  • Remove wildlife feeders or make them bear-resistant.
  • Pick ripe fruit from trees and remove fallen fruit from the ground – bears love fruit.
  • Screened enclosures ARE NOT SECURE and WILL NOT keep bears out.

Thank You Marsha Shearer

A Village of Piedmont resident expresses his thanks to Marsha Shearer for information in her recent Opinion piece. But we sense a little sarcasm.

People have a right to feel safe in their homes

A Fruitland Park woman who regularly travels on Cherry Lake Road expresses support for a Village of Caroline couple fighting to keep stockade-style fence to protect their property. Read her Letter to the Editor

No vending machines at recreation center

A Hacienda of Mission Hills resident is questing the lack of vending machines at a recreation center.

El Niño and golf maintenance in The Villages

A Village of Bonnybrook resident has heard news about golf maintenance crews being shifted around and wonders if it will mimic the El Niño effect. Read his Letter to the Editor.

Couple should be allowed to keep stockade fence

A Village of Buttonwood reader, in a Letter to the Editor, says the couple in Caroline who put up the stockade fence should be allowed to keep it. Like them, he has a problem with nearby noise and traffic.