Thursday, January 22, 2015

Grin and bear it: Florida could be on the verge of allowing bear hunting again

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 10:04 AM

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image via bearoutfitters.com
You might recall last year's ATTACK OF THE BEARS scare in the suburban hell of Lake Mary: paranoia fed by garbage cans left out too long fed by a news cycle that just won't stop pointing and screaming at everything out of the ordinary, basically. Well, last night the Tampa Bay Times reported that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is going to "put bear hunting for population management on the table," according to executive director Nick Wiley. Naturally, this makes no sense, especially when you consider that the bear scourge that's frightening all of Stepford is populated by bears that now like to eat your leftovers that you leave at the curb, and it's not like you'll be able to hunt in your precious subdivision. So, the answer is to kill bears in the wild just in case maybe they later become bears that walk in your cul de sac? Smart. 

Not everyone is buying it, of course. "Re-establishing bear hunting would not squarely address the issue of human food-habituated bears, which is the predominant reason bears and people are having negative interaction," said Manley Fuller, president of the Florida Wildlife Federation, according to the Times

The issue is supposed to come up for discussion by the commission in two weeks. 

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