State wildlife officials vote to bring back bear hunts

Posted by Mike Confino, April 26, 2015


Despite opposition from 75 percent of the people who wrote and called, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to bring back bear hunting this fall.

The hunt — the first in 21 years — is tentatively scheduled for one week in October. It is expected to result in the killing of up to 200 bears. The commission has slated a final vote for its June meeting, but bear-hunt opponents acknowledged they have no chance of stopping it now.

“I don’t know that there’s a whole lot we can do,” said Kate MacFall, Florida state director of the Humane Society of the United States.


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