Thursday, October 29, 2015

Florida’s Bears Are No Longer Endangered, and Now 320 of Them Could Be Killed in a Week

For the first time in more than 20 years, Florida is allowing its once-endangered black bears to be hunted for one week starting Oct. 24.
As many as 320 bears could be killed over the course of the hunt, a number conservation groups such as Speak Up Wekiva call arbitrary because the state does not have current population estimates for the bears. All those bears could die thanks to a loophole in the guidelines that doesn’t limit how many animals can be killed during the first two days of the hunt.
A Tallahassee judge allowed the hunt in an Oct. 8 ruling that denied Speak Up Wekiva’s request to postpone it on the grounds that state wildlife officials won’t be able to stop hunters from continuing to kill bears even after the quota is met.

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