State Calls Bear Hunt A Success, Opponents Call It A SlaughterFlorida wildlife officials Thursday called last month's bear hunt a success, with 304 bears killed in two days and few hunters cited for violations --- but critics called it a slaughter, saying most of the bears were killed on private land, where state regulations could be more easily skirted.
State Faces Second Challenge On 'Amendment 1' SpendingA Gainesville-based environmental group has launched a second legal challenge to how lawmakers carried out a constitutional amendment that requires spending on land acquisition and preservation.
Man Attacked By Bear As Hunting Season OpensA man, who was not a hunter, was attacked near Tallahassee by a bear on the first day of hunting season.
Black Bear Hunting Season Begins Amid ProtestsFor the first time in 20 years, hunters on Saturday will be given the opportunity to stalk the Florida wilderness and legally kill black bears.
Judge Rejects Effort To Halt Bear HuntA Leon County judge said Thursday science used by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is sufficient to justify the state's first black-bear hunt in more than two decades, although he added the agency could have done a better job in establishing the rules.
'Harvest' Numbers Set For Revived Bear HuntA 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.
Power Companies Ask To Scale Back Energy Efficiency Goals Florida's biggest electric providers are asking state regulators this week to let them scale back energy-efficiency programs --- such as rebates for installing solar panels and power-saving appliances --- that they say have become expensive and benefit few customers.
Debate Begins Over Seismic Airguns The debate over drilling off Florida's coastline is starting up again. This time the oil industry is lobbying to test to see just what exists beneath the Atlantic Ocean floor. It's pretty remarkable technology, but experts believe it could be quite damaging as well.
FWC: Black Bears No Longer A Threatened Species In FloridaDespite objections from advocates, wildlife commissioners determined Wednesday that the Florida black bear is no longer a threatened species.
Environmental Activists Rally In Miami At Journalist Conference Environmental activists, supporters and 'Occupy Miami' members gathered outside the Society of Environmental Journalists conference in downtown Miami Saturday afternoon.