In 2012 wildlife managers removed Florida black bears from the state's list of threatened species -- a sign that these unique bears were no longer at risk of imminent extinction. What it didn't mean is that these bears were in the clear (they still suffer from habitat loss, genetic isolation and road mortality). And what's deeply upsetting is how the state could now propose a trophy hunt.
Unless stopped, trophy hunters could kill hundreds of Florida black bears each year starting this October.
Although offered as a solution for human-bear conflicts, hunting bears in the deep woods will do nothing to prevent bears in suburbs from getting into trash. Instead, state managers should let these bears live and they should focus on proven, nonlethal methods for preventing conflict, such as bear-proof trashcans.
June 3, 2015 Action Alert ID# 229
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