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Be Bear Aware!

Bear making off with garbage can

Even though Florida black bears don't really love humans, they sure do love the food and garbage we leave behind. Learn how to safely store food with these handy tips.

Juniper Springs

Juniper Springs

Beneath a tightly-knit canopy of live oaks, Juniper Springs is a beautiful pool of crystalline water in the heart of the desert-like Big Scrub.


Wilderness Areas

Ponds in the Juniper Prairie Wilderness

The Ocala National Forest has four wilderness areas designated by Congress as places where habitats are untrammeled by man, protected and managed to preserve their natural state.


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