Double Entendre or Controlled Florida Bear Hunting

And coming soon to Florida!
Picture credit: William A. Troyer – US Fish and Wildlife Service


In the little publicized, poorly defined FFWS meeting in Jacksonville yesterday, not much was really accomplished or confirmed about the plan to renew Black Bear hunting in this state.

We still do not really know exactly how, when, where or what is going to  happen to our Black Bears.

Another meeting is set for April in Tallahassee.

A sparse few showed up to object to hunting them, but so many more came to support the plan to begin once again hunting/killing our Florida Black Bears.

FFWS said that they are going to become much more aggressive in the way Bears are handled or controlled from now on.

Two things in the various news stories reporting this meeting stood out to me.

One was that if the hunt is approved, the hunters will not be killing bears in the conflict/troubled areas, but, they will instead be deep in the woods killing Bears that may have never even seen a Human, let alone caused any sort of problems.

And second, the news that of the 41 states where black bears live, 32 already do allow hunting.

This to me, seems to be used as a form of excuse by the Hunting groups to renew the killings.

I wonder if any of these hunting supporters have ever been to California?

I lived there for over 30 years and never saw a Bear or any other kind of wild animal, except for raccoons and deer, until I went to Yellowstone and then again when I came here to Florida nearly ten years ago.

You see, they had already hunted most of them, to extinction, long before I ever moved there.

What was missing from this Bear Meeting yesterday, was what happened to the bear populations in those states, after the hunting began.

This animal was, just a short time ago very scarce in Florida.

In this state, Bears are not the problem, people are the problem.

They refuse to do what will keep bears away from their neighborhoods and out of their yards and garages.

They leave food outside in their yards, and in open garages, they do not have bear proof trash cans, in fact some of them even outright feed the bears.

Dumpsters all over Central Florida are left open and uncovered.

For Bears, who always follow the food, this entire area is one big Bear Buffet.

Dinner is served, and they all know where to find it.

It all here for them to enjoy.

All that is, except for the ones who have already been killed by FFWS.

These bears were labeled as bad or aggressive bears, too aggressive to be allowed to live.

The idea of a resumption in Bear hunting gives me fits of terror.

Here is why.

In 1998, the year that my parents moved to this area in Central Florida in the Ocala Forest, from South Florida, the Forestry Service began what is supposed to be a safe normal process, it is called a “controlled burn.”

Well, that year the controlled burn nearly wiped out most of Central Florida.

To say it got out of hand fast, is an understatement.

So, what happens when FFWS gives Hunters, these same ones we now see out on our local roads, standing on their roofs and in the beds of their pickup trucks firing into the woods, using rifles now also armed with silencers?

This is the reason that I am very worried right now, not just for the Bears, but for all of us.

These Hunters, who continuously show that they care little for the safety of others, or their own hunting dogs, are completely  “over the moon” at the idea of finally legally being able to shoot and kill bears.

Since moving here ten years ago, we have witnessed already, some cruel and sick behavior towards Black Bears.

They have found bears dead on the sides of the roads, with their paws and feet cut off.

Now FFWS wants to give these people permission to do it legally.

Where will it all end?

I keep remembering the controlled burn in 1998 and the complete devastation that it caused to Humans and Animals alike.

But things just got out of hand.

Will controlled Florida Bear Hunting be any different?


Places to learn more:

No decision made on whether to allow bear hunting in Florida

Florida bear hunt likely to happen this fall

Bear policy protests

Black bears could soon be fair game for Florida hunters

Florida Mulls Return Of Bear Hunts After Increase In Urban Attacks

With black bear population on rise, Florida may allow hunts



27 thoughts on “Double Entendre or Controlled Florida Bear Hunting

  1. This is appalling! Basically, bears are going to be hunted down because humans are too stupid and lazy! How is that right or fair?! And, as you say, “controlled” can mean pretty much whatever ‘they’ choose … but shooting into woodland with no regard for the safety of anyone or anything can only end badly 😦

    Seems like the best thing we can do is raise awareness as far as possible and see what pressure can be put on FFWS before the April meeting. I will write to organisations I know of that may be able to support the black bears. I have also seen massive world-wide petitions of support make a difference when it comes to decision-making on local animal issues. I know there was a recent Greenpeace petition that helped persuade the Mexican government to protect some rare dolphins.

  2. I’m praying for you to get the help you need to prevent this open season. There are already too many careless hunters in the world, and the ones who want the black bears are probably the ones who need the head only to mount in their game room. The rest of the bear will be left behind to rot in the ground wherever it falls. I can relate to hunting for food, but never to hunting for trophy, or thrill. That’s so wrong and that is what is killing this world as we know it.

  3. I’m so sorry for all this, that photo of the hunter with the bear is impressive… You wouldn’t want to see a video of these huntings either, for anything in the world. I once saw on video a massive hunt of coyotes and I got sick to my stomach, hearing them all whine and howl. It’s horrific how the rulers from Nature get blown away, as they were here first, before we were. People always seem to forget the beasts were all here first, before we were!

  4. Sounds a lot like the wolf “harvest” in Wisconsin and Minnesota. In Wisconsin “hunters” are allowed to “train” their dogs for the fall hunt of bears and wolves by letting them chase these wild animals during the summer (!). That’s when the cubs are being raised. How can that be ethical? But apparently it is, at least to some WI-DNR officials.

    I heard one wolf hunter in MN say he was going to honor the wolf eh killed by making it into a hat. He was serious. Some people in my town think that the low deer take this past hunting season was because of wolves and not because the DNR had a “bucks only” season. Its like talking to a wall. If I hunted I could have easily gotten 10 deer (all does) last fall because that is how many go through my gardens and yard every morning.

    • Dear sweet and kind Ronald.
      I have been in mourning for our beautiful Black Bears here in Florida.
      In just a few days, those with the power to do so, will decide their fate.
      I have little hope for them and truly have very little to say at this time.
      My heart is broken for these magnificent creatures,
      who are now in the cross hairs of those who live to hunt and kill.
      When the Florida Black Bear, like so many others before them, are all gone,
      it will be too late to see the tragedy that Humans have caused.

      • Dear Donna, then I’m relieved for you, but now I’m concerned for the bears as you are. I’ll put a word on your blog, but first I wanted to tell you how happy I am to hear from you again…

  5. I wasn’t expecting that image; the hunt makes me very sad indeed. 😦 Humans do not deserve such regal creatures.

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    • Thank you for sharing this. There is little more that we the common people can do. Those in power in Tallahassee have chosen death for our beautiful Florida Black Bears. Money and Republicans rules here and the Bears are doomed!

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