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Friday, February 06, 2015

Florida considers bear hunting after spate of suburban attacks

After a 20-year ban, Florida may bring back bear hunts to control a growing population of black bears that is increasingly seen as a menace in suburban neighborhoods.

Four people have been injured in bear attacks in Florida since 2012, mostly in the central part of the state built on former bear habitat near the Ocala National Forest.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, meeting on Wednesday in Jacksonville, plans to discuss reopening bear hunting season as a way to manage the population, which animal rights advocates oppose as unnecessary and unpopular.

Most encounters between people and bears result from homeowners leaving food out in the open, enticing bears to come into their neighborhoods, the state wildlife agency said in a report describing the current situation.

"A hunt will not solve the problem. People can solve it," said Laurie Macdonald, director of the Florida chapter of the Defenders of Wildlife.



Anonymous said...

Stop feeding the bears Stop feeding the homless

Anonymous said...

What about criminal hunting after several attacks?

Anonymous said...

6:13 There you go. These people feed them so they can take pictures and post to social media.

That being said, if a bear entered my property, I would have a new rug.

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't it be better to mass educate the people since we are the ones destroying the natural habitat of the bear?

Also it seems to me with so many wildlife areas within Florida, and so many animals being killed by the infestation of snakes, wouldn't the better effort be in killing the non-native snakes?