STOP THE HUNTING AND KILLING OF THE FLORIDA BLACK BEAR

  • by: PENNY ROBINSON
  • target: FLORIDA AND WILDLIFE FISH AND GAME COMMISSIONERS, HEADS OF STATE

...I AM ASKING YOUR HELP TO STOP THIS EVENT BEFORE IT OCCURS...THIS IS AN ARTICLE BELOW FROM THE FLORIDA ORLANDO TIMES..IT HAS CONTACT INFORMATION IN IT ALSO...ALL CALLS AND EMAILS AND LETTERS AND SIGNATURES WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED IN DEFENSE OF THE BLACK BEARS. THE REASON OTHERS ARE HAVING SO MUCH CONTACT WITH THE BEARS IS DEVELOPERS RE BUILDING IN THEIR HABITATS/HOMES...THE BUILDING AND KILLING HAS TO BE STOPPED...THEY SAY THE PROCEEDS FROM THE KILLING OF THE BEARS WILL GO TO HELPING PEOPLE AFFORD BEAR PROOF TRASH CANS. NOW THATS THE JOKE OF IT ALL. PLEASE HELP SAVE THEIR LIVES.
Florida wildlife officials moved forward Wednesday with a proposal to allow black bear hunting for the first time in more than two decades.

"The Florida black bear is a conservation success story in Florida," said Brian Yablonski, vice chairman of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. "They're moving toward us as we're moving toward them."

Commissioners unanimously approved moving ahead with opening black bears up to hunting. The proposal would come back for a final vote in June.

Proponents of the hunts say they're needed to control a bear population that endangers the public. Those against the hunts pushed for more bear-proof trash containers, better public education and other management tools. They said the hunts won't reduce bear-human conflicts, could undo progress made restoring the bear population and are based on insufficient data.

The proposal would allow bear hunting Oct. 24-30, timing the season to coincide with high bear activity and before denning begins, and when cubs would be old enough to survive on their own.

Hunters could kill one bear — a 100-pound minimum — per season. They could use the same firearms allowed in deer hunting, as well as archery equipment.

To reduce conflicts with humans, FWC proposes to allow reducing the black bear population by 20 percent.

According to FWC documents, the state agency wants hunters to harvest 240 to 280 bears statewide in this year's first hunt. That would include 40 bears from the eastern Panhandle, 40 from North Florida, 40 bears from Central Florida and 80 to 120 bears from South Florida.

Those harvest goals could be adjusted in subsequent years, based on how the population is doing.

In 2002, biologists estimated Florida's black bear population at 3,000 bears and are in the process of updating that estimate. The bear was removed from the state threatened list in 2012, when FWC's current bear management plan was approved.

But bear attacks and collisions with cars in Central Florida have made headlines in recent years. FWC fielded more than 4,000 bear-related calls in 2010. And those calls have increased more than 400 percent in the past decade.

The issue has pitted hunters against animal rights advocates.

"We are concerned that these are populations that are sources for the continued recovery of the Florida black bear population," said Laurie Ann McDonald, Florida program director for the nonprofit Defenders of Wildlife.

"Twenty percent of a population is not a small amount," McDonald told commissioners. "What this is related to is not biological carrying capacity, it's social carrying capacity."

Florida listed the black bear as "threatened" in 1974, with populations estimated between 300 to 500 bears. So state wildlife officials closed bear hunting in all but three counties until 1994, when bear hunting season was closed statewide. With protection and improved habitats, bear populations began to rebound and bears bounced back.

"I think our approach has been very, very conservative," Commissioner Charles Roberts said. "This is a big step for the commission and I think it's very, very important that we're all on board."

Contact Waymer at 321-242-3663 or jwaymer@floridatoday.com. Follow him on Twitter @JWayEnviro


To report a sick or injured bear or other animal:

During business hours call 352-732-1225. After business hours, call FWC's Wildlife Alert Toll-Free Number 1-888-404-FWCC (1-888-404-3922)

Learn about black bears: http://myfwc.com/bear

Florida proposed to allow bear hunting in a dozen state Central Florida wildlife management areas:

1. Bayard Wildlife Management Area

2. Lochloosa Wildlife Management Area

3. Rock Springs Run Wildlife Management Area

4. Ocala Wildlife Management Area

5. Raiford Wildlife Management Area

6. Seminole Forest Wildlife Management Area

7. Marshall Swamp Wildlife Management Area

8. Etoniah Creek Wildlife Management Area

9. Jumper Creek Wildlife Management Area

10. Tiger Bay Wildlife Management Area

11. Lake Monroe Wildlife Management Area

12. Belmore Wildlife Management Area
07/21/2015 UPDATE:::
Source: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

i have 1663 signatures so far and am praying for thousands and thousands more..please help stop this...PLEASE KEEP THIS PETITION GOING. THE HUNT HAS NOT HAPPENED YET. In June 2015, the FWC Commissioners approved a limited bear hunt. Permits will be made available for purchase starting on or around August 3, 2015 through licensed vendors and the online permitting system. information here: http://myfwc.com/bear
IF YOU COPY AND PASTE THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS TO YOUR BROWSER IT WILL TAKE YOU TO A PAGE TO WRITE DIRECTLY TO THEM TO STOP THIS HUNT...
http://mygovhelp.info/FLFWC/_cs/RequestOpenCI.aspx…

...I AM ASKING YOUR HELP TO STOP THIS EVENT BEFORE IT OCCURS...THIS IS AN ARTICLE BELOW FROM THE FLORIDA ORLANDO TIMES..IT HAS CONTACT INFORMATION IN IT ALSO...ALL CALLS AND EMAILS AND LETTERS AND SIGNATURES WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED IN DEFENSE OF THE BLACK BEARS. THE REASON OTHERS ARE HAVING SO MUCH CONTACT WITH THE BEARS IS DEVELOPERS RE BUILDING IN THEIR HABITATS/HOMES...THE BUILDING AND KILLING HAS TO BE STOPPED...THEY SAY THE PROCEEDS FROM THE KILLING OF THE BEARS WILL GO TO HELPING PEOPLE AFFORD BEAR PROOF TRASH CANS. NOW THATS THE JOKE OF IT ALL. PLEASE HELP SAVE THEIR LIVES.
Florida wildlife officials moved forward Wednesday with a proposal to allow black bear hunting for the first time in more than two decades.

"The Florida black bear is a conservation success story in Florida," said Brian Yablonski, vice chairman of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. "They're moving toward us as we're moving toward them."

Commissioners unanimously approved moving ahead with opening black bears up to hunting. The proposal would come back for a final vote in June.

Proponents of the hunts say they're needed to control a bear population that endangers the public. Those against the hunts pushed for more bear-proof trash containers, better public education and other management tools. They said the hunts won't reduce bear-human conflicts, could undo progress made restoring the bear population and are based on insufficient data.

The proposal would allow bear hunting Oct. 24-30, timing the season to coincide with high bear activity and before denning begins, and when cubs would be old enough to survive on their own.

Hunters could kill one bear — a 100-pound minimum — per season. They could use the same firearms allowed in deer hunting, as well as archery equipment.

To reduce conflicts with humans, FWC proposes to allow reducing the black bear population by 20 percent.

According to FWC documents, the state agency wants hunters to harvest 240 to 280 bears statewide in this year's first hunt. That would include 40 bears from the eastern Panhandle, 40 from North Florida, 40 bears from Central Florida and 80 to 120 bears from South Florida.

Those harvest goals could be adjusted in subsequent years, based on how the population is doing.

In 2002, biologists estimated Florida's black bear population at 3,000 bears and are in the process of updating that estimate. The bear was removed from the state threatened list in 2012, when FWC's current bear management plan was approved.

But bear attacks and collisions with cars in Central Florida have made headlines in recent years. FWC fielded more than 4,000 bear-related calls in 2010. And those calls have increased more than 400 percent in the past decade.

The issue has pitted hunters against animal rights advocates.

"We are concerned that these are populations that are sources for the continued recovery of the Florida black bear population," said Laurie Ann McDonald, Florida program director for the nonprofit Defenders of Wildlife.

"Twenty percent of a population is not a small amount," McDonald told commissioners. "What this is related to is not biological carrying capacity, it's social carrying capacity."

Florida listed the black bear as "threatened" in 1974, with populations estimated between 300 to 500 bears. So state wildlife officials closed bear hunting in all but three counties until 1994, when bear hunting season was closed statewide. With protection and improved habitats, bear populations began to rebound and bears bounced back.

"I think our approach has been very, very conservative," Commissioner Charles Roberts said. "This is a big step for the commission and I think it's very, very important that we're all on board."

Contact Waymer at 321-242-3663 or jwaymer@floridatoday.com. Follow him on Twitter @JWayEnviro


To report a sick or injured bear or other animal:

During business hours call 352-732-1225. After business hours, call FWC's Wildlife Alert Toll-Free Number 1-888-404-FWCC (1-888-404-3922)

Learn about black bears: http://myfwc.com/bear

Florida proposed to allow bear hunting in a dozen state Central Florida wildlife management areas:

1. Bayard Wildlife Management Area

2. Lochloosa Wildlife Management Area

3. Rock Springs Run Wildlife Management Area

4. Ocala Wildlife Management Area

5. Raiford Wildlife Management Area

6. Seminole Forest Wildlife Management Area

7. Marshall Swamp Wildlife Management Area

8. Etoniah Creek Wildlife Management Area

9. Jumper Creek Wildlife Management Area

10. Tiger Bay Wildlife Management Area

11. Lake Monroe Wildlife Management Area

12. Belmore Wildlife Management Area

Source: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission


07/21/2015 UPDATE


i have 1663 signatures so far and am praying for thousands and thousands more..please help stop this...PLEASE KEEP THIS PETITION GOING. THE HUNT HAS NOT HAPPENED YET. In June 2015, the FWC Commissioners approved a limited bear hunt. Permits will be made available for purchase starting on or around August 3, 2015 through licensed vendors and the online permitting system. information here: http://myfwc.com/bear
IF YOU COPY AND PASTE THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS TO YOUR BROWSER IT WILL TAKE YOU TO A PAGE TO WRITE DIRECTLY TO THEM TO STOP THIS HUNT...
http://mygovhelp.info/FLFWC/_cs/RequestOpenCI.aspx…

Update #3about a year ago
NO MATTER WHAT HAS BEEN DONE THE HUNT WILL STILL PROCEED, THE JUDGE SAID THE HUNTERS ARE ENTITLED TO GET WHAT THEY PAID FOR AND OF COURSE FWC WON'T REFUND MONIES...THIS IS A SAD DAY COMING 3000 BEARS IS WHAT THEY SAY THERE ARE AND 2240 LICENSES ARE ISSUED TO KILL...MURDERS, ANYONE WHO PARTICIPATES IN THIS HUNT IS A MURDER! http://www.wftv.com/videos/news/judge-refuses-to-stop-florida-black-bear-hunt/vDbzhq/
Update #2about a year ago
3100 bears in the entire state of fLORIDA and 1200 licenses to kill a bear has been sold.nothing has stopped these greedy politicians. they will not stop till they kill everything except what fits in their bank accounts.Please see the article at the link below.Scheduled to begin Oct. 24.The season will run for a minimum of two days or until Oct. 30.
http://www.wtsp.com/story/news/local/florida/2015/09/21/fwc-still-bullish-bear-hunt/72558884/
Update #11 years ago
PLEASE KEEP THIS PETITION GOING. THE HUNT HAS NOT HAPPENED YET. In June 2015, the FWC Commissioners approved a limited bear hunt IN OCTOBER 2015. Permits will be made available for purchase starting on or around August 3, 2015 through licensed vendors and the online permitting system.
http://myfwc.com/bear *WEBSITE WITH THE INFORMATION OR COPY AND PASTE THIS ADDRESS TO YOUR BROWSER TO WRITE THEM TO STOP THIS HUNT...
http://mygovhelp.info/FLFWC/_cs/RequestOpenCI.aspx?sSessionID=&rqst=3
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