- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

OCALA, Fla. (AP) - Florida wildlife officials are looking to hire two contractors to help reduce the high number of bear-human contacts in the north-central part of the state.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission on Friday posted jobs for two people the agency needs to help in areas with the state’s highest level of reported bear interactions.

FWC spokesman Greg Workman says reports are common in Putnam County and northern areas of Marion and Volusia counties near Ocala National Forest, as well as Seminole County.

Most reports are made by people reporting bears in their yards, but there are cases where bears and humans come in contact.

The two contractors will help trap problem bears, clean up road kill and assist people having problem interactions with bears.

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