At the 2015 Florida BFRO Expedition, one of our investigators arrived a day early and stayed the night at the regular campground in a hammock. Like all good investigators, they turned on a recorder before going to bed and captured audio of a bear checking out the burrito-looking thing hanging from the trees.
The sudden, loud movement you hear is when the investigator decided the bear was close enough. The recorder was hanging less than two feet from their hammock so the bear got pretty darn close.
While nervous, the investigator was not too worried. Florida black bears are not aggressive. Usually it only takes waving arms, clapping, or a loud “Get out of here!” to turn them away. The investigator also had a can of bear spray ready just in case.
For more information about Florida Black Bears visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife’s Bear page.