bear2Because of the increased development throughout the state of Florida, the black bear’s habitats have been dwindling in size. As a result, black bears are traveling less, and becoming more isolated.  This isolation results in unhealthy inbreeding. Researchers have turned to GPS to help out the bears. According to Dr. John Cox, head of the South-Central Florida Bear Project, bears need to travel to and from different-bear habitats in order to stay healthy.

“This population of bears is actually losing genetic diversity,” Cox said. “You see that loss of healthy genes in the population over time….That is a sign of isolation.”

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cagesecuritycamerastolenthiefOften it’s hard to make sense out of some theft crimes, but this latest string of thefts in Lakeland has police puzzled for good reason. In all 13 robberies, the thieves only stole surveillance cameras from the businesses they broke in to. No money or other valuables were taken. As a result, authorities have been left scratching their heads for as to what the motive is behind these thefts. Overall, the cameras in Lakeland, Florida averaged for $300 in value, while the cameras stolen from the local Sheriff’s office ranged in cost from $75 to $700.

One theory is that there might be a market for these security cameras outside of Florida. But we can’t help but wonder if there is a master plan behind all of these thefts, the likes of one you would see on the pages of a comic or novel? Are the criminals of the county planning on staging several grand elaborate heists? We can’t help but wonder… after all, the first step would be for them to eliminate the security cameras. (Via The Ledger)

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