Letters to the Editor

Bear hunt needed

The Future of Hunting in Florida would like to express our strong support to the members and staff of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for their courage in authorizing the upcoming bear hunt.

The black bear is a story of conservation success. Past and current commissioners and staff should be commended for their efforts in restoring a healthy bear population. Because of that increasing population, hunting will be used as one part of the FWC’s overall approach in stabilizing expanding bear populations.

Regulated hunting has a long history of conservation success in North America. It is a scientifically supported fact that bear hunting is biologically sustainable. Of the 41 states with resident bear populations, 32 have sustainable populations of bears and conduct hunts. And every state with a bear hunt has maintained stable or increased bear populations.

Authorizing the upcoming bear hunt in Florida to manage the bear population is based upon sound science and good, proven management practices. FWC should be commended for restoring this truly magnificent animal to the Florida landscape.

Bill Marvin, chairman of the board, The Future of Hunting in Florida, Tallahassee

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