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Days Before Florida Bear Hunt, Protests Begin [VIDEO]

Tomorrow is the beginning of the Florida bear hunt, and there’s already been protests for days.

Oct. 24 marks the beginning of the Florida bear hunt, and environmentalists have started an emergency brief to stop that hunt.

More than 2,000 hunters are eager to participate in this controversial hunt which hasn’t taken place in more than 20 years.


Over 90,000 petitions have been sent to Florida Governor Rick Scott’s office, in an effort to stop the Florida bear hunt.

According to studies, the population of black bears has risen from 300 to 500 in the 1970s to over 3,500 today. Hunters feel the hunt will help to control the populations of black bears in the Sunshine State.

Rick Stinson, a local hunter eager to participate in the hunt, told reporters, “You can’t bait them. You can’t run them with dogs. It’s really a target of opportunity. You have to be where he is come through at that particular time.”

He added it’s likely the target harvest of 320 will never be reached.

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Days Before Florida Bear Hunt, Protests Begin [VIDEO]