State wildlife officials are kicking off the 2016 Python Challenge to remove the invasive species from the Everglades next month. But, ahead of the month-long competition, they’re promoting a virtual contest that’s already underway.
Florida’s first bear hunt in decades ended after just two days. While the number of bears culled never reached the 320-bear-target the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission had set, officials closed the hunt early to maintain what they call a conservative hunt.
Florida’s first bear hunt in decades is scheduled to start near the end of October. It’s a move wildlife officials say will help to control the animal’s population. But activists allege in a court case, the hunt is evidence the agency is failing to follow its duty under the state constitution to protect wildlife.
Over the heated objections of animal rights activists, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted Wednesday to approve the first bear hunting season in two decades and critics are already threatening lawsuits.