An Eastpoint, Florida hunter tagged a mighty bruin in the state’s panhandle that weighed just under 500 pounds.
Randy Segree, the hunter that tagged the big eight-foot boar said “On the first morning of the 2015 bear hunt I did not have to go far”
The Franklin County bear was one of what many in the area call “community bears” or bears that roam freely in and around the town.
Segree added “This is what’s roaming the neighborhood in Eastpoint and in the rest of Franklin County. I think they should have let 40 get killed in Franklin County.”
The big bruin was part of Florida’s recent statewide bear hunt to help thin populations of bears around the state.
The hunt had a set limit of 300 animals statewide and yielded that amount in the first 48 hours.
Thomas Eason, FWC’s top bear expert said “We heard reports of 500-plus pound bears”
Experts in Florida are saying that the state has an urban bear problem and that thinning the population would be a prudent step.
Segree agreed saying “The community bears are the ones that need to go. I hope they have another hunt next year. If the state don’t let us thin them out, you will hear of someone getting killed. It’s not safe for kids around Franklin County”