Not one single bear was hunted or killed in the part of Florida
crying about our bears.
Ever wonder why?
Very few bears to find, let along kill!
However, the area with the most killings was
in our forest, a place where “sane people”,
love animals and live well with them!
If you do not like our animals,
go back to wherever you came from!
Is it possible to hire (Crocodile Dundee)
to lead a large group of hunter, hunting animal lovers,
to hunt anyone involved with signing papers to allow bear hunting?
Then the group can be allowed to hunt the hunters if the hunters hunt our bears!
Florida Black Bear Is Conservation Success Story, Adult Bear Population Now 4350
27 May, 2016 Auteur: Christian Jacquard
Seminole County has been called “the epicenter” of bear-human conflicts after thousands of residents since 2008 have called state wildlife agency to report bears wandering across backyards, ripping through screened porches and attacking small pets.
Seminole County commissioners today unanimously agreed to oppose another bear hunt in the state of Florida this year, despite objections from a state wildlife official.
FWC officials have said that last October’s statewide bear hunt was a tool to reduce a fast-growing bear population.
The hunt in October was the state’s first in two decades.
Florida considers to hold another black bear hunt
May 27, 2016
The state agency estimates Florida has 4,350 adult bears, with 1,230 in its Central bear management region, which includes all or parts of Alachua, Bradford, Brevard, Clay, Flagler, Lake, Marion, Orange, Putnam, Seminole, St. Johns, Sumter and Volusia counties.
In the ad, images of Florida black bears are shown as soft music plays in the background.
Local governments like in Seminole and Volusia counties have approved resolutions opposing another hunt.
Florida Fish and Wildlife, which is conducting a series of webinars on a possible 2016 hunt, is led by seven appointed commissioners.
The commission will meet June 22 and June 23 in Apalachicola and is expected to discuss the possibility of holding another hunt. The first webinar took place on Thursday afternoon, and the other two webinars are scheduled for Tuesday, May 31, and June 2. From 1974 to 2012, the Florida black bear was a state-designated threatened species, however, in 2012, the bears were removed from the list and in 2015 FWC authorized a limited hunt of black bears across the state, with hunters killing 298 bears. The region’s estimated bear population has grown almost 20 percent since 2002. The ad showing pictures of black bears found in the state have increased in number on cable systems in Central Florida.
But commissioner said incidents involving bears have noticeably declined since an ordinance was enacted in December that set rules for trash containers and leaving food outdoors.
Animal advocates target Rick Scott, bear hunt with new attack ad
Posted By Monivette Cordeiro on Thu, May 26, 2016 at 3:52 PM
An ad urging viewers to call Gov. Rick Scott and tell him to “stop killing our bears” is making its way around the web hours before wildlife officials are set to hear the public’s opinion on another black bear hunt.
Lee Day says his group, “It’s Rick Scott’s Hunt,” is made up of environmental and animal advocates trying a new tactic to stop the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission from approving the return of Florida’s controversial black bear hunt this year —reaching out to Floridians through their screens.
“We’re trying to fight the battle at the FWC meetings, but by not reaching the general public, we’re losing this fight,” he says.
The FWC is considering the hunt at its June 22 meeting in Eastpoint. Last October, hunters killed 304 bears of the estimated statewide population of 3,000 in the first two days of a week-long hunt, causing wildlife officials to end it abruptly. Scott, who appoints people to the FWC and had the power to stop the October hunt, decided not to intervene. The FWC now estimates the number of bears before the hunt occurred was about 4,350 adults.
Speak Up Wekiva director and black bear activist Chuck O’Neal says he saw friends posting the ad on Facebook and called it “powerful.”
“I think it’s appropriately pointing the finger at Rick Scott,” he says. “He could have stopped it with the stroke of a pen.”
Day says he also paid $4,000 to Bright House Networks to air the ad on News 13, CNN, MSNBC and Fox News starting May 25 and ending May 31. Orlando Weekly reached out to Bright House Networks to confirm, but we have not received a response. Day says if the group secures enough funding, they plan to run ads in Miami, Tampa, Jacksonville, Tallahassee and throughout the state until the proposed hunt starts.
“Our main goal is to get people to call Rick Scott,” he says. “We want to jam his phone lines from here until he stops the hunt.”
Activist group releases ad opposing Florida bear hunt
Updated: May 26, 2016 – 6:07 PM
CENTRAL FLORIDA, Fla. —
Anticipating another statewide bear hunt, local activists hit the airwaves with an ad calling on Gov. Rick Scott to halt the bear hunt.
The ad, produced for about $400 by local activist Lee Day, is already airing on cable systems in Central Florida. In the ad, images of Florida black bears are shown as soft music plays in the background. The music stops amid the sound of a gunshot, then Day plays a recording of a dying bear. Day says he recorded the audio during the state’s 2015 hunt. A voiceover in the ad then directs people to call Scott and put an end to the hunt.
“It is still possible to stop this hunt through Rick Scott,” says Day. “The only way to stop the hunt is to have Rick Scott use his executive power to stop the hunt.”
Florida Fish and Wildlife, which is conducting a series of webinars on a possible 2016 hunt, is led by seven appointed commissioners. Of the seven commissioners on the FWC board, five were appointed by Scott. In addition to Scott’s appointments to the FWC board, he also has the power as the governor of Florida to halt any planned bear hunt; although FWC has not formally announced any hunt for 2016.
FWC estimates there are 4,300 black bears in Florida. From 1974 to 2012, the Florida black bear was a state-designated threatened species, however, in 2012, the bears were removed from the list and in 2015 FWC authorized a limited hunt of black bears across the state, with hunters killing 298 bears.
“What we see is FWC is letting some people’s fear of bears to facilitate this hunt,” says Day.
In an April 2015 draft rule, FWC laid out its reasons for the 2015 hunt,: “As bear numbers have grown over the past decade and human population has increased, we entered the next phase of management, which is conflict management. In recent years conflict has increased dramatically. Bear calls have increased 400% over the last decade.”
FWC’s board is next scheduled to meet in Eastpoint, FL from June 22-23. The FWC agenda for the June meeting lists “bear management” as a staff report.
The Office of Governor Rick Scott released the following statement: “It is for FWC to decide what is best for Florida’s growing bear population. Governor Scott trusts them to make the right decision to keep families safe.”