Bear hunt decision still in the woods

It remains to be seen if a bear hunt will take place in Florida for the second-consecutive year.

The state allowed bear hunting in select areas for the first time in 20 years last October and a total of 304 were killed, including 143 in the central part of the state. The quota set by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission was 320, but the hunt, originally slated to last a week, was called off after two days.

“We have not decided for or against a bear hunt yet,” said Rebekah Nelson, the public information coordinator for the FWC. “The rule that is in the books today and was passed last year provides for an annual bear hunt. So the do-nothing alternative provides for a bear hunt.”

The FWC will discuss possibilities regarding the bear hunt at its June meeting and a variety of options will be on the table.

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