Yesterday, a 310 lb. Black Bear was caught in Weston and released in the Picayune Strand State Forest. Weston is not a little town in the woods. It is a busy, crowded city and the FWC tranqed the bear at a busy intersection! He was then transported out to the Picayune, which will be the perfect place for him (or her?). The bear never hurt anyone, but he was close to schools, homes and even a golf course, so for the safety of the residents, as well as the safety of the bear, he was relocated.
Stories like this disturb me. I mean, everything went well..no harm was done and there's a happy ending, but it reinforces the well-known fact that we are constantly encroaching on the habitat of our precious wildlife. A few years ago, a panther was found dead just a few miles EAST of the Miccosukee Gaming Resort! That's east as in toward Miami, NOT west toward the Everglades!
When I was little, we had alot of creatures that would come through our yard. Nothing special, and a little annoying...possums, raccoons, rats, mice, lots of snakes, etc. We even had foxes in our neighborhood. Now we see the occassional possum (sorry, but yuck!)..no raccoons, no rodents (not a major loss) and in 1992, I saw the last fox in our area lying dead at the intersection of our neighborhood and a major road. So sad. I get giddy with excitement when one of us finds a snake in the yard....a rare find.
People talk about how much they HATE Miami. I have said the same thing myself more than once, but the truth is I LOVE Miami. I HATE the overpopulation and cookie cutter housing that has sprung up...right to the boundaries of the ENP. Sad and disgusting and it really pisses me off. Why can't there be a total building moratorium? There are enough houses for sale that they certainly do not need to build any new ones. Strip malls? Ugh, we have more than enough!
Miami is a really cool place. The Atlantic Ocean is only minutes away from wherever you are, as are the Everglades. An hour south are the Keys. There are beautiful, old areas in Miami that are rich with local history. There is something for everyone here...you just have to look. I love this place, I just wish half the population would disappear. Any half. Just go somewhere else so the building can stop, the traffic can become tolerable, and wandering bears aren't such a big deal.