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population, others opposed any sort of hunt. The twoday hunt killed 304 bears throughout Florida. Staunch opposition grew because authorities’ numbers showed that 21 percent of the female bears were lactating at the time of their deaths. The FWC decided to postpone any more bear hunting in 2016. But future hunting could come up again in 2017. Holding off on a hunt allows the FWC time to work with stakeholders and community members to better develop the role that hunting plays in the state’s management program. The hunt was helpful in some ways. The hunt permit sales reached nearly $377,000 and that money is being used to help pay for the reduction of human and bear conflicts through Waste Management efforts in the Estates, including the Bear Wise program. ALLAN BERUBE janusinspections@gmail.com CERTIFIED MASTER INSPECTOR Proudly serving Lee & Collier County. (239) 994 - 4688 ESTATES LOCAL������������������������������������������������ FWC is also currently working to distribute $825,000 to communities, including Collier County, for programs to help decrease human-bear conflicts. Meanwhile, the Lawson family has been strapping down their trash and recycling cans to thwart more bear visits. They keep an eye out for the bears, especially at night, respecting the wild animals that also make the Estates their home. “It’s so easy and something we can all do so we can all live peacefully together in this beautiful place,’’ Kate Lawson said. Visit www.myfwc.com to learn more about Florida’s bear population and the state’s bear management plans. By Annette Kniola 10 In today’s real estate market every Realtor and real estate buyer needs a qualified and trustworthy Home Inspector. A Home Inspection Company should provide its clients with an accurate and reliable home inspection report to put a buyers’ mind at ease as to the condition of their real estate purchase. Janus Inspections, LLC is that Home Inspection Company. Fully licensed and insured serving SWFL. Located locally in Bonita Springs, Janus Inspections is a family based company that strives to maintain a positive influence on the community. Call today to schedule your inspection.


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