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Kate MacFall: Florida’s black bears in hunters’ sights starting Saturday

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Thousands of trophy hunters will descend on Florida’s wilderness to kill an estimated 320 Florida black bears, a unique subspecies of the American black bear that’s found nowhere else on Earth. The state is holding this hunt starting Saturday despite most Floridians’ opposition to it. Nearly 3,000 hunting permits have been sold. Kate MacFall, Florida state director for The Humane Society of the United States, issued this statement: This is a sad day for Florida’s black bears. This weekend, trophy…

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Today on Context Florida: Happy endings, bad reviews, black bears and no joy in Tallahassee

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Today on Context Florida: On Tuesday night, Tom O’Hara heard two attorneys at the heart of the redistricting fight tell a riveting tale that has a happy ending. Dan Gelber, a prominent Florida Democrat, and Ellen Freidin, the woman who is primarily responsible for the state constitutional amendments that guarantee fair districts, told a story about how determined citizens can overcome brute political power. Heather Gibson, who serves as marketing director for the UCF School of Performing Arts, believes it’s critical…

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Today on Context Florida: The Civil War, Florida’s black bears and 3D printing

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Today on Context Florida: Wars never end, says Marc Yacht. The bullets may stop but the hatreds continue. Both sides remember. The Civil War never ended. The battles are over, the bullets stopped flying but be assured, the hatreds and conflicts continue. Revision of history, the continued growth of intolerance, the white supremacy mantra and hate pose serious threats to our nation’s future. At the annual black bear festival near Central Florida’s Ocala National Forest, Kate MacFall writes that there’s a…

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