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St. Pete council member wants city to oppose bear hunt

Last fall's bear hunt brough national attention to Florida, not all of it positive. 

Hunters killed 304 bears, so many that the state shut down the hunt after two days.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will decide on June 22 whether another bear hunt will be allowed this year. 

For St. Petersburg City Council member Karl Nurse, the commission's decision should be an easy one: No.

"The 2015 bear hunt far exceeded permitted bear shootings," Nurse wrote in a new business item to be considered at the June 2 meeting. "We once again run the risk of wiping out the bears by another hunt."

Nurse wants the council to approve a resolution opposing any bear hunt. 

The state's black bear epicenter--Seminole County--- passed a similar measure last week, joining other nearby communities like Clermont, Eustis and Deltona. Miami-Dade also opposed another hunt.


[Last modified: Monday, May 30, 2016 11:25am]


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