A Car accident this weekend at Big Cypress Indian Reservation resulted in three people losing their life and others injured. Unfortunately the accident occurred when an SUV hit a a 300 pound bear on Snake Road during foggy conditions. The bear did not survive the accident which caused a chain reaction. According to the report after the SUV hit the bear they pulled over to the side of the road and the car following them did the same. Because of the fog, an oncoming vehicle did not see the people on the side of the road. and it plowed into them.
have been more and more black bear sightings in Florida. According to
the FWC You are more likely to see a panther or a black bear today in
Florida than someone here 40 years ago! There was a total of 2,257
Florida black bear sighting reports as of June 2014, with more than 500
of those reports containing uploaded photographs. Sightings of bears
were reported in 59 of the state’s 67 counties. As the Florida bear population grows, so does the risk of accidents on our highways. Authorities estimate that about 230 bears died in car crashes last year, as opposed to 43 deaths in 1993.
Bears aren't the only one animals at risk from car accidents in Floridian nature. Florida panthers once enjoyed their perch atop the food chain across a
vast dominion. They were all over the Florida peninsula, from the
Panhandle to the Everglades. The biggest threats to the remaining
panthers are their health and continuing loss of habitat. Florida
panthers have an unusually large number of health problems. Most are
related to poor habitat conditions and genetic defects. Around the
Everglades, panthers have been contaminated with mercury by eating
raccoons high in mercury, which passes
through the aquatic food chain. It's sad to say that Florida panthers
are killed by cars and trucks, particularly on State Road 29 and
Alligator Alley (I-75), and, although it is against the law, hunters
still shoot panthers occasionally.