UWF Notice: Bear Spotted on University of West Florida Pensacola Campus

A bear was spotted near cross-country trails accessed through Rec Plex North/Baars-Firestone Wildlife Sanctuary on the Pensacola Campus on Friday, October 6, 2023. The bear was seen alone and was not approaching humans. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was notified immediately.

If you see a bear, please stay away and contact UWF Police immediately at 850.474.2415 or 911. Please use caution if you are outside on the Pensacola campus. 

If you encounter a bear at close range:

  • Remain standing upright
  • Speak to the bear in a calm, assertive voice
  • Back up slowly toward a secure area, be sure you leave the bear a clear escape route
  • Avoid direct eye contact—bears and other animals may view this as aggressive behavior
  • Stop and hold your ground if your movement away seems to irritate instead of calm the bear