State biologist holds 2 bear cubs / USFWS

Here, a state wildlife biologist carries two black bear cubs to be released with the sow into the Lower Suwannee NWR where there is perfect habitat for them. They are being relocated from an overpopulated area to the Refuge with flatwoods, uplands, wetlands and marsh to provide a wide variety of habitat suitable for this family of bears. A strong partnership between the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and the National Wildlife Refuge System helped to facilitate such a relocation.

The National Wildlife Refuge System is committed to building partnerships which encourage conservation and preservation of our natural and cultural resources.  Partnerships with the Refuge System bring innovative approaches to solving land management and water disputes in the most environmentally protective manner.  Scientifically-informed and technologically-based stewardship of our public lands, waters, wildlife and special places must be collaborative efforts between the Refuge System, other government agencies, and private organizations if conservation efforts are to succeed.