Bear Hunting

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will be asked next week to set a quota of 320 bears for a controversial hunt in October.

The hunt, the first in the state in more than 20 years, has already attracted 1,795 hunters who have purchased permits, according to the commission.

The first chance in decades to bag a bear is irresistible to Florida hunters. Sales of $100 permits are soaring, even though animal rights activists are asking a judge to declare a cease fire.

Florida wildlife officials are confident the state’s first bear hunt in two decades will move forward despite a lawsuit aimed to stop it. Members of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission approved a hunt they say is backed by numbers.

In October, hunters will be allowed to kill 320 of the state’s estimated 3,000 bears. Spokeswoman Diane Eggeman says those figures were approved based on the most recent data from scientists.

Hunters will have access to bears in four areas where the bear population has recovered.

Bear Hunt Permits Go On Sale

Aug 3, 2015
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters

Florida starts issuing permits today for the first bear in two decades. They will be on sale until the start of the seven-day season in October.

The permits are available online and at your local tax collector's office or retail license vendor. They cost 100 dollars for residents, and 300 dollars for non-residents.

Lawsuit Seeks To Halt Return Of Bear Hunting

Aug 3, 2015

Conservation groups want a judge to shoot down the return of bear hunting in Florida and to halt the pending sale of bear-hunting permits.

With permits for this fall's hunt going on sale Monday, the Seminole County-based group Speak Up Wekiva filed a lawsuit in Leon County circuit court Friday challenging the constitutionality of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission-approved bear hunt.