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Ringling circus elephants to retire in May

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The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is ending its elephant acts a year and a half early, and will retire all of its touring elephants in May. The circus’s parent company, Feld Entertainment, told The Associated Press exclusively that all of the iconic elephants will be permanently retired to the company’s 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation in central Florida. There are 11 elephants on tour with the circus. “They’ll be joining the rest of the herd,” said Alana…

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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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