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Keep Florida’s Bears Safe From Trophy Hunters
Remove Regulated Hunting From Florida's New Bear Management Plan. The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is seeking public comment on their 2019 draft Bear Management Plan (BMP). The new plan was released to the public on October 8, 2019, and will be presented to the FWC Commissioners for approval at the upcoming meeting in December. The deadline to submit public comment is November 6, 2019. FWC staff is not recommending a bear hunt this year. However, if hunting is added as a bear management tool, it will be locked into the plan for ten years. This would make it easier for staff to propose future hunts. The FWC would be able to hold targetted bear hunts in areas where they say bear-human conflicts are abundant without necessarily opening up a bear hunting season. We have listed some non-lethal solutions and reasons not to hunt bears. Bears regulate their own populations through a biological process known as delayed implantation. Delayed implantation allows bears to control their populations. When food is abundant, more bears will be born. When there is a lack of abundant food sources, female bears will not reproduce every two years, but alternatively, every three to four years. Targeted hunting can increase populations by inadvertently leaving more food for surviving bears. This occurrence is known as compensatory reproduction. Deforestation is responsible for the loss of critical bear habitat. Land development and bear attractants such as unsecured trash are most likely the cause of increased bear-human conflicts, not overpopulation. Research shows that eliminating bear attractants and securing trash in bear-proof trashcans can reduce or eliminate bear conflicts by over 90%. Sterilization is an option. The majority of Floridians are opposed to bear hunting. Education is the key to coexistence with bears. You can read the draft BMP at this link: https://indd.adobe.com/view/ba5d4202-3cb0-4056-9a54-5ab4c5765951 Please contact the FWC Commissioners and respectfully request that they remove hunting as a bear management tool. https://myfwc.com/con…/fwc-staff/senior-staff/commissioners/ https://www.beardefenders.org/
Help Us Stop A Connecticut Bear hunt!
Two Connecticut State Senators are using a recent "bear attack" to promote bills that call for the hunting of Connecticut's black bears. The Senators who are pushing these bills have jumped at the opportunity to sell this "attack" as a reason for a hunt. A limited hunt is not the answer to reducing bear populations or bear-human conflicts. Connecticut black bear sightings are on the rise, but that does not equate to overpopulation. Bears possess a biological ability known as delayed implantation. Delayed implantation allows bears to regulate their own populations. When food is abundant, more bears will be born. When there is a lack of abundant food sources, female bears will not reproduce every two years, but alternatively every three to four years. Hunting can increase populations by inadvertently leaving more food for surviving bears. This occurrence is known as compensatory reproduction. Deforestation is responsible for the loss of critical bear habitat. We often don’t consider the impact this has on bears and other wildlife. Land development and bear attractants such as unsecured garbage are most likely the cause of increased bear-human conflicts, not overpopulation. Education is the key to coexistence with bears. Research shows that eliminating bear attractants and securing trash in bear-proof trashcans can reduce or eliminate bear encounters by over 90%. In reality, bears are generally shy, elusive animals whose diets consist predominantly of vegetation. Bears are not the man-eating monsters that people who wish to hunt them would like you to believe. Unprovoked bear attacks are extremely rare. According to bear expert Lynn Rogers, Ph.D. of the North American Bear Center says you are 45 times more likely to be killed by a dog, 120 times more likely to be killed by bees, and 60,000 times more likely to be murdered by another human being, than to be killed by a black bear. Please take the poll at the link below and vote NO to a Connecticut bear hunt! https://www.wfsb.com/news/state-senators-recommend-bear-hunting-season-following-southbury-attack/article_8a76e242-e3b5-11e9-b970-c332f57d7d43.html https://www.beardefenders.org
Demand Action Be Taken To Clean Up Oil Spill In Bahamas
Hurricane Dorian blew the tops off five of Grand Bahama's oil storage tanks holding an estimated 1.8 million barrels of oil. The spill is located on the northernmost island in the Bahamas which is just 64 miles east of Palm Beach County’s coastline. The oil company Equinor claims no oil has entered the ocean or waterways, but footage taken by Jim Abernethy proves otherwise. We must take action now! Article: https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/2019-09-06-dorian-major-oil-spill-bahamas
Justice For U.S. Bomb Sniffing Dogs Dying Of Neglect In Jordan
The Department of State inspector general evaluation found that U.S. bomb-sniffing dogs sent to Jordan are dying from neglect and improper care. A year-long investigation has uncovered the appalling mistreatment of U.S. military dogs sent to Jordan. At least ten dogs have died between 2008 and 2016 from medical problems. The surviving dogs are left suffering in substandard conditions. Many of the dogs are ill, covered with ticks, and living in unsanitary conditions lacking primary care. These dogs are used and trained to protect human lives by risking their own lives. They deserve to be treated with respect and honor. Jordan has demonstrated they are not worthy of explosive detection canines and the State Department should be ashamed for allowing this cruelty to continue for years. Every year the U.S. spends millions of dollars training and dispatching dogs overseas. We are asking that this program be terminated and that remaining dogs are brought back to the U.S. to receive appropriate care. Article: https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/16/us/jordan-dog-death-intl-hnk-scli/index.html Full Report: https://www.stateoig.gov/system/files/esp-19-06.pdf
FWC: Change Your Bear Killing Policy
FWC Change Your "Aggressive Bear" Killing Policy Under the current FWC policy, any bear that acts aggressively is killed. This policy does not take into account the circumstances that cause bears to act aggressively. In recent news a woman in Longwood, FL let her dog outside off-leash at night. The dog spotted a mother bear with cubs and started barking at the bears. The woman tried to run back to her house, which caused the bear to chase after her. She tripped and fell and hit her head. The bear bit her ankle. The mother bear perceived the dog and woman as a threat and as a warning bit, the woman and retreated. This incident could have been prevented had the Longwood community been properly storing their trash the main culprit in almost all bear-human conflicts. Also, dogs should be leashed, and if you live in bear country, you must canvass the area before taking your dog out and never run from a bear. We need to hold the FWC accountable for enforcing the standards and laws put into place to protect both humans and bears. In cases where bear attacks occur due to human negligence. A new policy must be implemented that holds humans accountable for their actions. Bears should not be killed for defending themselves or their cubs. Contact the FWC Commissioners and ask that a policy change be made that protects bears from being killed as a result of human error or carelessness. https://myfwc.com/con…/fwc-staff/senior-staff/commissioners/ https://www.beardefenders.org/
Help Keep Protections For Florida Key Deer!
The current administration is recommending that the Florida Key deer an iconic species found in the state’s southern-most islands lose protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We are calling on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to establish new rules and regulations that grant the Key deer the same protections as the ESA currently does. Florida is the only place on earth that Key deer are found and there are only about 1,000 left in existence. The Florida Key Deer faces a multitude of threats from poaching, vehicle strikes, habitat loss, rising sea levels, human habituation, and screwworm infestation. Removing protections that have helped to recover and sustain this species thus far is a slap in the face to true conservationists. We as Floridians care about the wildlife that this great state has and we want to work together to protect and restore the species most at risk of disappearing forever.
Stop The State-Sanctioned Slaughter Of Sandhill Cranes!!!
Alabama residents can now kill Sandhill Cranes for fun! The docile and slow-moving sandhill crane is now under attack by unscrupulous hunters. The State has now undermined the past one hundred years of conservation efforts to restore a balanced and healthy population of sandhill cranes. Alabama's wildlife agency should be ashamed of themselves for allowing the hunting of a once protected species just for the thrill of the kill. This hunt will have a significant impact on the future integrity of sandhill crane populations. We ask Gov. Kay Ivey to call off this slaughter masquerading as conservation and prevent any proposals for a hunt such as this in the future. Article: https://www.npr.org/2019/08/09/749796720/alabama-to-allow-sandhill-crane-hunting-after-more-than-100-years Contact Governor Kay Ivey at the link provided below and voice your opposition to the hunting of sandhill cranes. Contact Form: https://contact.governor.alabama.gov/contact.aspx Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KayIveyAL/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/governorkayivey
Subaru Don't Destroy Florida Wetlands For New Dealership
As the owner of several Subaru vehicles and the founder of a non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of animals, humans, and the environment, I was shocked to learn that Subaru has plans to open a car dealership on the Wekiva River located in Florida. I have personally owned a 2000 RS Impreza, 02 bug-eye WRX, and my current car is a 08 STI wagon that has a custom-built IAG stage 2 short block. I have a close relationship with my local dealer. Several of the mechanics are good friends of mine, and when I go to the Subi dealership on Atlantic Blvd. in Jacksonville, it feels more like family then your standard car dealership. I have supported Subaru over the years due impart to its environmental stance and sustainability practices. That is why I am sad to hear that Subaru has plans to open a car dealership on 71 acres of Protected Wetlands clear-cutting at least 44 acres of precious forest that is home to a vast array of plants and wildlife. I have driven my Subaru into many of Florida's forests, and wetlands. I have seen first hand the devastating effects of deforestation. I have always believed that Subaru cared about this planet. I thought I was supporting a company that placed the planet over profit and found value in safeguarding its natural resources. If you follow through with your proposal, you are not whom I thought you to be. I ask you Subaru to stand behind your ecologically sound practices and help protect, not destroy one of the few natural spaces left in Florida. Sincerely, Adam Sugalski—Executive Director at OneProtest #SaveItSubaru #PlanetOverProfit
FWC: Don’t Kill - Relocate Gulf Breeze Bear & Cubs!
Stop A Mother Bear From Facing The Death Penalty For Protecting Her Cubs. A mother bear recently killed a beloved pet dog in Gulf Breeze. This incident has resulted in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) placing traps to catch the mother bear. We urge the FWC to relocate the mother bear (+ cubs) and address the root cause of the human-bear conflicts within the Gulf Breeze community. Gulf Breeze residents have not been securing their trash, which has led to an increase in bear-human conflicts. Many cities throughout Florida have been proactive in mitigating bear-human conflicts by providing residents with bear-proof trashcans. The mother bear that attacked the dog was likely acting in defense of her cubs. Contact the FWC Commissioners directly at the link below: https://myfwc.com/contact/fwc-staff/senior-staff/commissioners/
End Shark Fishing at Venice Pier!
This Petition Is In Support Of Venice's Proposal To Ban Shark Fishing! Florida: Venice City Council Members are moving forward with a proposal to ban shark fishing from their newly renovated pier and city beaches. Shark fishing has caused much controversy over the years, and in light of the FWC’s new rules regarding shore-based shark fishing, the city of Venice sees this as an opportune time to ban shark fishing from their city altogether. We applaud the Mayor and Council Members for taking a proactive approach to the safety and security of beachgoers and sharks alike. Shark fishing is the antithesis of wildlife conservation. It is void of any regard for the life of the shark, fishermen, or the beachgoers that are negatively affected by the actions of this extraneous “sport.” Why ban shark fishing? Shark populations are declining worldwide largely due impart to recreational fishing. Sharks are vital in keeping our underwater ecosystems healthy and balanced. Shark fishers and beachgoers are two incompatible groups. Shark fishing attracts sharks that are in the area and looking to feed. Sharks and humans prefer the same nearshore areas, and most attacks occur in shallow water. A large number of sharks die as a result of post-release stress. https://www.floridasharks.org/