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.
Nearly 1,200 Permits Sold So Far For Florida Bear HuntSince sales started Monday, nearly 1,200 permits for Florida’s bear hunt have been sold.
Florida Starts Selling Bear Hunt Permits Despite ChallengeStarting Monday, Floridians can purchase bear hunting permits online and at some sporting goods stores—despite a legal challenge to the hunt.
Environmental Group Sues To Stop Bear Hunting In FloridaAn environmental advocacy group sued Florida’s wildlife protection commission, demanding a stop to a planned bear hunting season set to start in the fall.