Florida Fish and Wildlife Officials Vote To Postpone 2016 Black Bear Hunt

By  //  June 22, 2016

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Officials looked at several options

The Florida black bear is a conservation success story with a recent population estimate of 4,350 adult bears. (FWC image)

After declaring the 2015 Florida Black Bear hunt a conservation success story, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials have voted to postpone bear hunt plans for 2016. (FWC image)

After declaring the 2015 Florida Black Bear hunt a conservation success story, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials have voted to postpone bear hunt plans for 2016.

FWC officials are meeting in Apalachicola this week and the cancellation announcement came after comments from dozens of people.

Officials looked at several options including eliminating the bear hunt completely, postpone the bear hunt until 2017, allow feedback from the public to dictate FWC’s decision, or keep the bear hunt the same as last year.

Last year’s bear hunt took only two days to reach the quota.

Bear Management Unit Harvest Totals Were 295 Total Statewide:

• East Panhandle BMU = 112 bears – closed to further hunting

• Central BMU = 139 bears – closed to further hunting

• North BMU = 23 bears – closed to further hunting

• South BMU = 21 bears – closed to further hunting

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