SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - Doughnuts are helping state wildlife agents get a better handle on Florida's black bear population.
The doughnuts are being
DNA testing will then give researchers a good feel for just how many black bears are roaming the state.
The count follows two attacks by bears in Seminole County in the past few months.
Florida wildlife officers lined traps with doughnuts in an attempt to catch the animal that attacked.
Seminole County resident Jeri Roberson like what wildlife agents are doing.
"I think it's a good idea. That way we know how many we're looking at -- a census if you will," said Roberson.
For the first time in 10 years wildlife agents are trying to count the number of black bears living in the state.
In 2004, the count showed roughly 3,000 bears
Since that count, development in Seminole County has pushed bear sightings, and nuisance complaints, way up.
"How many bears do you think there are in
"I think it would be surprisingly high," said Hymes.
Biologists will estimate how many bears there are in the state based on how many are identified at each of more than 200 doughnut lure sites each week.
The project will cost about $500,000.
"It does seem pretty complicated, and I feel like it's going to be a lot of work," said resident Kelly Rocklein.