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FWC approves bear hunting proposal, final vote in June

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Florida’s wildlife commission voted Wednesday to move forward with a rule to allow bear hunting in response to bear attacks and other encounters in urban areas. Florida had nearly 3,000 black bears in 2002, and they were removed from the state threatened species list in 2012. Bear hunting was banned by the state in 1994 largely in response to complaints that it was inhumane. The state was exploring bear hunting before several bear attacks in central Florida in 2014 led…

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