Black Bear Hunt

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A state lawmaker is once again trying to expand protections for Florida’s black bears. The bill sponsor says the plan should benefit conservationists and hunters. 

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A new hunting dog rule approved by Florida wildlife officials is drawing some concerns.

Commissioners Push Pause On Bear Hunt

Jun 22, 2016
Daniel Arndt

There won’t be a bear hunt in Florida this year. Last year the state held its first black bear hunt in two decades, but the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted Wednesday to push pause on the controversial program.

The Florida Black Bear
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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission got an earful at its regular meeting in Jupiter Florida this week.  Even though it wasn’t on the agenda, numerous public commenters voiced opposition to holding another bear hunt.

The Florida Black Bear
Southwest Florida Water Management District

Florida’s Wildlife Commission will decide in June how to manage future bear hunts. Last year, the state held its first hunt in more than 30 years, with more than 300 bears killed.

Tallahassee Church Hosts Black Bear Requiem

Nov 24, 2015
David Moynihan

Some of Tallahassee's most distinguished artists and environmentalists held a "Requiem for Florida's Black Bears" on Saturday. It was a response to last month's state-sanctioned bear hunt, which killed 304 bears in two days.