Florida Black Bear

The Florida Black Bear
Southwest Florida Water Management District

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.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

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.

Daniel Arndt

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.

Daniel Arndt

Florida Fish and Wildlife officials are moving forward with a plan to open a bear hunting season for the first time in more than 20 years. That’s thanks, in part, to an increase in human-bear interactions.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission Chairman Richard Corbett says conflicts between humans and bears have become serious and dangerous.

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