Beaches and Bears: Pam’s prevalence in the community is ‘not a good situation’

pam the bear

The black bear known as Pam enjoys an easy meal from a dumpster in this photo taken last month.

Special to The Sun
Published: Friday, August 16, 2013 at 04:23 PM.

The local Grayton community was astir a few weeks ago with the reappearance of an old familiar furry face: a black bear that has long been known to frequent the area.

The bear surfaces only occasionally, but appears frequently enough that most locals call her Pam — from a distance, of course.

When Pam was seen rummaging through Dumpsters at a Grayton shopping center July 18, her picture, along with her cub, began showing up on the Internet as onlookers began to gather. 

However, Pam was just searching for a free meal for herself and her cub, and an audience was not what she desired.

Pam and her cub retreated up a tree, where their pictures continued to be snapped and posted online.

"This is not a good situation," said Stan Kirkland, a public information coordinator for Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. "The best thing for bears is to stay in the woods. That keeps the bear out of harm’s way. If you see a bear, we recommend as quickly as possible back off and leave them alone and they will go their way."

But since that day, the situation seems to have gone from bad to worse.

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