Anti-hunting groups in Florida are attempting to block the 2015 Florida bear hunting season by seeking an injunction against the hunt and filing a lawsuit.
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, Florida’s bear population is around 3,000 bears, which is a nearly 30% increase since 2002. Because of this large population spike and the corresponding increase in conflicts between humans and bears, there will be a Florida bear hunting season this year, the first in several decades.
However, an anti-hunting group is attempting to block the 2015 Florida bear hunting season by seeking a court-ordered injunction to halt the hunt while a lawsuit is filed to stop it permanently.
Watch the video to hear the arguments by this anti-hunting group against the scheduled Florida bear hunting season.
The 2015 Florida bear hunting season is scheduled to begin on 24 October and will last two to seven days. The Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission is stating that there is little chance of the hunters significantly exceeding the harvest quotas for the bear hunting season.
According to a statement released by the FWC:
The bear harvest will be limited through daily decisions… based on daily harvest totals. Experience in other states with a similar hunt structure indicates that hunter success is relatively low.