It is believed that at one time there were as many as 12,000 black bears living throughout Florida. Biologists aren't exactly sure how many black bears live in Florida today, but they estimate that only about 1,500 black bears remain. But black bears no longer roam throughout the entire state. There are just eight locations in Florida where black bears live freely.
There between 1200 to 1800 black bears in Florida however, biologists do not have an exact number of the population. The decline in their population is attributed to human encroachment on their habitat.