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Officials lean toward shutting down controversial bear hunt

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Florida wildlife officials say they are considering shutting down the statewide bear hunt at the end of the second day after a higher than excepted number of bears had been killed.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said 293 bears had been killed by midday Sunday. Officials capped the limit at 320, but hunters have 12 hours to have their bear weighed so numbers are still coming in.

Officials shut down the central and east Panhandle regions after the first day on Saturday. They said 112 bears were killed in the Panhandle region, nearly triple the limit for that area.

Authorities said the high numbers are an indicator that bear populations are higher than they thought.

Activists throughout Florida protested the first statewide bear hunt in more than two decades.

Republished with permission of the Associated Press. 

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