A target was placed on at least 320 black bears Wednesday as the once-threatened species will be hunted across Florida next month for the first time in more than two decades.
Since sales started Monday, nearly 1,200 permits for Florida’s bear hunt have been sold.
An environmental advocacy group sued Florida’s wildlife protection commission, demanding a stop to a planned bear hunting season set to start in the fall.
Wildlife officials took a final vote Wednesday and approved a new bear hunting season in Florida–just a few years after it was removed from the state’s threatened species list.
Black bears are closer to being placed on the state’s wildlife hunting calendar for the first time in more than 20 years.
The Florida black bear is no longer deemed a endangered species.