For the first time in 20 years the unfortunately named Florida Fish and ‘Wildlife Conservation’ agency declared war on Black Bears and authorised a killing spree, much to the delight of hunters, including Ted Nugent, who flocked to the area take part.
The quota was 320 Black Bears with 3,778 permits sold to hunt the estimated 3,100 Black Bears living in the area. The hunt began on 24th October 2015 and was called off after just two days after 295 bears were killed. Many murdered bears were nursing mothers and their orphaned cubs should also be added to the numbers killed. The hunt was originally intended to last a week but hunters were more ‘proficient’ than expected. Of course Florida’s Black Bears are not used to being hunted and their lack of concern about coming into contact with humans played straight into the hunters’ hands.
As recent as 2012, the Florida Black Bear was on the state’s threatened species list because the population had dwindled to around 300 bears total (source: stopflbearhunt.com).
“Today and yesterday have been the most heart-wrenching days of my life.
I have watched our beautiful black bears brought lifeless to the weigh stations one after another. I have watched many dead lactating mothers come in and know that their cubs are waiting in vain in the woods for their return. I have seen the face of hunters grinning with pride over the lifeless bear bodies. The atmosphere here is nothing short of a slaughter, and the innocent bears are the victims.
We must stop this hunt from ever happening again, and our resolve is stronger than ever!
Our work is just beginning, and we need your help. We have 364 days to make sure that it never happens again.
We need your help as we fight more vigorously than ever against politicians, lawmakers, and the FWC Commisioners.
Please go to our website and make a donation that will help us stop this barbaric trophy hunt. www.stopflbearhunt.com
For the Bears”
There is a concern that Grizzly Bears will be next on the hit list, with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service expected to announce the removal of the Greater Yellowstone Grizzly Bear population from protection under the federal Endangered Species Act.
“Wyoming, Montana and Idaho will then assume primary management authority and they’ve announced their intent to bring back sport hunting of grizzlies, which hasn’t happened in 40 years. Even without a legal sport hunt, the Greater Yellowstone region is on pace to lose more grizzlies to run-ins with elk hunters and livestock than any year in the last 20.” Read more at news.nationalgeographic.com