We have received multiple phone calls of bear(s) sightings (during late night to early morning hours) from the Cross Florida Greenway to as far out as SW 110th Street and SW 109th Lane.  

​Trash is the No. 1 bear-attractor in Florida. Bears that become food conditioned are more likely to return to residential areas and cause property damage to get to the food source. They also lose their fear of people and can become a threat. marioncountyfl.org

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With the kids returning to school, more often they will be walkinfgto school. We ask that you pay close attention to the children walking in and around our roads and around the school


​​​​​​​Ways to Secure Attractants From Bears

Bears have a great sense of smell.  Securing garbage and other attractants is an important step in reducing frequent bear visits to residential areas, like your neighborhood. Here are some ways to properly secure your trash and help stop repeated attempts by bears to access garbage.

  • Put household garbage out on morning of pickup rather than the night before.
  • Feed pets indoors or bring in dishes after feeding.
  • Clean grills and store them in a locked, secure place (e.g. sturdy shed, closed garage).
  • Remove wildlife feeders or make them bear-resistant.
  • Pick ripe fruit from trees and remove fallen fruit from the ground.

  • Screened enclosures ARE NOT SECURE and WILL NOT keep bears out.

  • Inquire whether local waste service providers offer bear-resistant trash cans or dumpsters. 

  • Build a bear-resistant caddy to store your trash can. Caddies are strong, wooden sheds that secure your trash can from wildlife and can hold your garbage until it is ready for pickup. 

From Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission​

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Florida Wildlife Conservation Marion Co. Office (352) 732-1225​

​​L​​​iving with Florida Black Bears

Many laws protect Florida's wildlife. You can help the Commission (and remain anonymous) by calling888-404-FWCC (3922) to report wildlife law violators. It is illegal to intentionally place food or garbage out that attracts bears and causes conflicts . Anything that attracts dogs, cats or raccoons will attract bears, too! If you see or suspect that someone is feeding or attracting bears please call the Wildlife Alert Hotline - 888-404-3922.

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commision

If you have a nuisance bear in your neighborhood or on your property, please contact your local FWC regional office at (352) 732-1225 or call the Wildlife Alert hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922).
Purchase Bear Proof Trash Cans from Marion County Solid Waste Call (352) 671-8465 *Before purchasing a bear-resistant container, be sure to check with your waste service provider to ensure they will service it.​​

April 1st begins registration for our summer camp programs.  To register go to www.marionparksrec.org or you may come into our office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.  There is a wide variety of offerings for children 6 years to 16 years.  Don’t delay and miss out.  For more information please contact us at 352-671-8560.   This edition also highlights our Park and Recreation Advisory Council (PRAC); our park spotlight (Benjamin Van Duuren Park); Final Audubon Walk for the season and much more.  Please go to the attached link and enjoy our newsletter  http://www.marioncountyfl.org/home/showdocument?id=12927 .

******BOARD MEETING POSTPONED til 9/19/19*****

It is with a heavy heart that I am sad to announce that Walt passed away on Sunday September 1st. He died peacefully. 


Hot weather is headed our way. As you spend more time outdoors Ocala Fire Rescue wants to make sure you are fire safe. 

• Keep children, pets, and anything that burns, at least three feet away from outdoor fire sources. 

• If using fire pits, please be sure the fire is out before leaving it unattended.

Remember fire safety starts with you. For additional tips or information, follow Ocala Fire Rescue on Facebook. 

Wishing you a happy and safe summer season,

Your Friends at Ocala Fire Rescue & KOWOA, INC.

​​​Important Dates:******​Board of Directors Meetings 

Next meeting will be POSTPONED TO September 19th 2019 @ 6:30 pm​******


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Ocala, FL 34476

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