Florida Bear Hunt Exceeds Expected Number

Image Credit: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Florida’s first black bear hunt in 21 years, which began on Oct. 24, ended after only two days because the number of bears harvested was already reaching the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s quota. By late Sunday, 295 bears were taken, nearing the state’s 2015 harvest objective. The FWC didn’t want to “go another full day” and risk exceeding the 320 bear quota, according to the Florida Wildlife Commission Executive Director Nick Wiley. While hunting in “bear management units” in the central and east Panhandle regions in Florida were shut down after only the first day, the north and south units were closed the second day, ending hunting in all four management units. Read more at the Miami Herald.