Bad News (For The) Bears?
In the next few weeks, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) will hold a hearing to determine whether allow black bears to be hunted for the first time in 40 years. The FWC claims that a recent increase in bear attacks has left them no other choice than to kill the bears and protect public safety. But even FFWS admits that hunting would not reduce the number of bear incidents in suburban neighborhoods.
Make no mistake, the proposed lift has more to do with trophies than safety. Just recently the biggest bear in Florida's history was euthanized rather than trapped and released back into the wild.
A few years ago, barely 500 Florida bears were teetering on the brink of extinction - and it was the FWC that petitioned the federal government for help protecting them. Just because a few bears have had problems with people is no reason to open hunting season on all of them. We have only a few weeks to tell FWC to "stunt the hunt."