Keep Florida’s Bears Safe From Trophy Hunters

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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/

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