Officials Urge Drivers to Be More Watchful of Bears

NAVARRE, Fla. (AP) - Drivers in northwest Florida are being urged to keep a watchful eye for bears on the road -- since they are more common to be hit by cars this time of year.

Navarre officials say four black bears have been killed near busy highways since the start of the month. And they're concerned that more animals are being harmed.

Florida Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Barbara Schmeling says dead bears have been spotted on the side of the road in Okaloosa and Santa Rosa County. Just last week, one bear was the victim of a hit-and-run.

Schmeling says young males are more prone to be hit by cars this time of year because they are being chased off by their mothers to live on their own.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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