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3,778 Hunting Permits Sold to Kill 320 Bears

Killing is not conservation

Sign our petition to stop the trophy hunt from happening in 2016.

On June 24th, 2015, despite overwhelming opposition from Floridians, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved a statewide hunt October 24-30th to kill Florida’s black bears. Though lacking a reliable recent survey of the current bear population, the FWC established a goal of 320 dead bears statewide.   The rules for the hunt stipulated that it would last a week if required to meet the quota, or no fewer than two full days regardless of the number of bears killed. A license to kill this rare and beautiful animal, and destroy a life, cost only $100 for Florida residents and $300 for out-of-state residents. The same weapons allowed for deer hunting were allowed for bear hunting including rifles, muzzle-loaders, shotguns, pistols, revolvers, bows, and crossbows.

 

As recently as 2012, the Florida black bear was on the state’s threatened species list because the population had dwindled to around 300 bears totalThanks to protective measures the bear population has increased in recent years. However, urban sprawl is encroaching on areas that were once remote bear habitat and bears and humans are encountering each other more often. The Florida black bear faces serious threats from road mortality, habitat loss, genetic isolation from other bear sub-populations, and now hunting. Officially, 298 bears were reported killed by hunters statewide. Among the reported dead were lactating females and underweight cubs. This does not include unreported bears, an estimated 200-300 cubs that might die without their mothers, and those "problem" bears that have been euthanized by the FWC in recent months. In the Eastern Panhandle the number of dead bears reported exceeded the target quota by almost 300%. This hunt has once again put pressure on the black bear population in Florida, and as a result, the plight of the Florida Black bear is uncertain.

Bill 1096 was introduced by Senator Darren Soto in the 2016 Florida legislative session. The Florida Black Bear Habitat Restoration Act will secure the future of the Florida Black Bear.
Without your support, this bill will not get the priority it deserves! 
Please consider contacting your state Senator, https://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/#Senators and urge them to support the Florida Black Bear Habitat Restoration Act 1096 of 2016.
Here is a link to the bill. 

 

We will continue to fight this trophy hunt so that 2015 with be the last year of this atrocity. The fate of the black bear is in our hands. Please donate today and help us save the precious Florida black bear.

 

Sign our petition to stop the trophy hunt from happening in 2016.

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