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Bear bee hives

A black bear has been helping itself to the pollen inside of these bee hives at the Miramar Beach home of Peter Wright for quite some time now. Wright said he has notified wildlife officials about his issues on multiple occasions.

Special to The Log
Published: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 12:01 PM.

Peter Wright has had his fair share of run-ins with a black bear as of late, and after the bear demolished his bee hives and tore up his back door he says something has to be done.

"I walk out there and there's this huge bear," the Miramar Beach resident said of his most recent encounter at his home. "I scared it and it ran up the tree."

"This bear has been a problem for months," he added. "It's only a matter of time before someone gets hurt, or the bear is hit by a car and killed."

Just days after his encounter, officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Walton County Sheriff's Office responded to an accident that involved a black bear that was struck and killed by a car near the Maraville subdivision on the south side of U.S. Hwy. 98.

While it's not clear whether this is the same bear that Wright encountered in his backyard, it is very near to Wright’s home in Holiday Shores Estates.

There have been a number of bear sightings in Destin and Walton County over the last few weeks, with some of the sightings ranging from commercial businesses such as Another Broken Egg and Target to residential neighborhoods in Indian Bayou, Regatta Bay and on the harborfront at Marbella Condominiums.

Both the bear that toured Destin last month and the bear killed Tuesday morning have been identified as adult male bears. FWC officials say the bear killed in Miramar Beach weighed between 175-200 pounds, and was found in the same vicinity where multiple complaints had been filed.

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