Budget Could Try To Keep Bears Out Of NeighborhoodsLawmakers have set their sights on trying to reduce potentially dangerous interactions between Florida black bears and humans.
Bill Seeks To Protect Black Bear Habitat, Reduce ConflictMonths after the state held a controversial hunt, a bill filed Tuesday aims to help protect Florida's black bear population and limit human encounters.
Scott Urges Lawmakers To Fund Bear-Proofing MeasuresThe state would set aside $230,000 for bear-resistant trash cans and outreach programs to reduce conflicts between humans and bears, as part of Gov. Rick Scott's proposed $79.3 billion budget.
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.
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.
Bear, Gator Feeding Bill Won't Go To DogsFlorida lawmakers are taking aim at people caught repeatedly feeding bears and alligators, as the state prepares to allow its first black bear hunt in two decades.
Wildlife Officials Support Black Bear HuntsBlack bears are closer to being placed on the state's wildlife hunting calendar for the first time in more than 20 years.
Florida Targets October For Bear HuntThe state this October would open its first black-bear hunting season in two decades, under a set of rules that will be reviewed next week.