Florida Fish and Wildlife set October as the opener for black bear season against the wishes of a large group of public citizens.
On Wednesday, the Florida Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation voted yes to allowing black bears to once again be hunted in the state. The season will begin on October 24, 2015 and extend for just one week until October 30, 2015.
Hunters will be allowed to harvest one bear each season. Florida hunters will have to pay $100 dollars for their permits, while out of state hunters will have to pay $300 for a their permits.
For the last 21 years there has been a ban against hunting black bears after their populations began to decrease. Since that time, their populations have nearly doubled and the animals are quickly becoming a problem in residential and other highly populated areas.
The driving reason behind their decision was due to increased interaction with the public as they wondered into residential areas. Numerous bears have had to be relocated as well as almost three attacks taking place this year alone.