Asked in Agricultural Law for Florida

Q: If I killed a bear in a car accident am I required to stop and report the authorities by law in florida

Can I be charged?

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Michael  Mayoral
Michael Mayoral
  • Coral Gables, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: The law appears to be that you are not legally required to stop and report the accident to the authorities if the accident only involved your automobile and the bear. If the accident involved another car, you absolutely have to stop and exchange information. You also don't want to stop and get attacked by the bear (if it is still alive).

Generally speaking, I would suggest that, if such a thing happens, you report the incident to animal control so that they can go render aid to the animal or euthanize it if it is in pain and is not going to survive its injuries.

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