Letters to the Editor

Black bears

Florida nurtured black bears from the brink, and now it is time to begin the killing, or maybe the correct word is “harvest,” as stated in the April 12 article Rules for Florida bear hunting to be discussed. Better for the public not to be alarmed as to what is in store for the bear families.

One rule is that you cannot kill a mother bear when she is in the company of her cubs. Will the hunters be chaperoned by wildlife agents to make sure someone doesn’t kill a mother bear and leave orphaned cubs to starve? I think a better solution would be to tranquilize problem bears and sell them to zoos that don’t have them on display.

I am sure the state could get more money than the $100 permit to be charged for killing them, but will the hunters agree to that or will blood lust prevail?

Mark Osman,