Recently Florida wildlife officials have voted to ban bear hunting for a short time. This action will be in practice until the next decision on bear hunting comes along. The Florida fish and wildlife conservation commission voted 4-3 against bear hunting this year. The commission also put a 4-3 delay vote on a delay in hunting for next one year. This meeting on bear hunting ban was held at Franklin County School in East point, Florida Panhandle.
According to a recent survey, only in last year hunters killed 304 bears in the United States. This is a record in United States in last 21 years. This is why Florida Wildlife Federation stopped bear hunting for one year. However, Commission staff has announced a reasonable hunt based on first come first served basis for specific dates and zones. The commission is also considering putting on hunt of indefinitely. The FWC commissioner Bo Rivard stated “This is not for a lack of science but a policy call,”
FWC chairman Brian Yablonski ended up being the swing vote as he sided with those asking for a pause.
The Florida Wildlife Commission chairman Brain Yablonski stated that the scientific data that amalgamated by his staff supports a holding on bear hunting. The survey conducted by Florida wildlife commission last year says that the hunt wasn’t done smoothly. The state of Florida ended up selling permits to about 3800 people. Although the hunt was planned for an entire week, eventually was interrupted untimely right after of 2 days. 304 bears were killed with in this short period of time.
Earlier the same commission released data stating that bear population was increased by 60 percent in the last 14 years. Bear hunting advocates noted that this increasing numbers of regular interactions with human is invoking bears in nuisance acts. The numbers of car accident with bear were increasing in a shocking number. However, the opponent group stated that car divers need to be more careful and the garbage cans also need to be kept in a secure position.
“You are trying to balance society with a growing bear population. That is something that is not unique to Florida,” Jennifer Vashon, a bear expert and revered biologist commented in this regard.