Environmental groups urge DeSantis to veto Florida bill that allows killing bears in self defense

'When you run into one of these crack bears, you should be able to shoot it, period,' the bill's sponsor said

By Mitch Perry, Florida Phoenix

Among the bills that Gov. Ron DeSantis will soon have to act on is a measure that would allow people to kill bears in self-defense, and conservation and environmental groups in Florida are urging their members to ask the governor to veto it. The bill (HB 87), dubbed the “Self Defense Act,” says that an individual would not be subject to any administrative, civil, or criminal penalty for killing a bear if that person “reasonably believed” it was necessary to avoid an imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury to themselves or another person, their pets, or their “dwelling.”

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