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Kate MacFall: Florida black bear hunt — bad idea last year; bad idea this year

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On June 22, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will discuss whether to open another Florida black bear hunt. It was a bad idea last year, and it’s a bad idea this year, especially now that a group of knowledgeable Florida scientists has sent a detailed letter to the state’s wildlife agency. They make the serious point that the state doesn’t have the information it needs to responsibly hold a black bear hunt without potentially harming the populations. Florida’s…

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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…

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An open letter to the 3,200 people hoping to kill bears over the next week

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Dear Bear Hunters, It’s strange to me that you consider killing living things a sport. That you smile over the carcass of a once-living thing and revel in your kill both shocks and offends me. Killing animals for food is one thing – cows are cute, but I love me some steak – but to do it for “sport” just seems sick. But even though I don’t get it, I do understand that there is a time and a place…

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Amid protests, bear hunting season opens in Florida

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Hunters for the first time in more than 20 years will trudge through Florida woods on Saturday to legally kill black bears, a contentious wildlife management action that has activists taking to the streets in protest. Florida wildlife officials have sold more than 3,200 permits to hunters from all over, including 1970s rocker Ted Nugent and Liesa Priddy, a rancher and Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission member who voted to approve the new hunts. The hunt was approved by the…

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Local residents plan to dole out bear hugs during rally to stop Florida bear hunt

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The 2,500 people who got permits to hunt bears in Florida are set to start killing off Florida’s only bear species this Saturday. Why? Because the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said they could. The Florida Black Bear was on the list of endangered species up until 2012. Now bear supporters across the state are rallying to save the species from what they describe as an unnecessary hunt. A local group will meet at the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute…

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