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Stacy White: No more bear hunts

Hillsborough County Commissioner Stacy White, a staunch conservative, joins the growing ranks of local officials opposed to the state's bear hunt.

[DANIEL WALLACE, Times]

Hillsborough County Commissioner Stacy White, a staunch conservative, joins the growing ranks of local officials opposed to the state's bear hunt.

It wasn't exactly shocking when St. Petersburg Council member Karl Nurse came out recently to oppose another statewide bear hunt.

A Democrat who regularly takes stands for tougher gun laws, environmental causes, and smart growth policies, Nurse is just the type of politician one would expect to oppose the hunt.

But Republican, tea-party-backed Hillsborough County Commissioner Stacy White? 

Yup.

In today's Tampa Bay Times, White, an avid hunter, said he couldn't support the bear hunt because there are already too few bears. White said he will bring forward a resolution against the hunt at the County Commission meeting. 

If commissioners approve White's resolution, Hillsborough would join other communities -- Clermont, Eustis, Deltona and Miami-Dade who oppose the hunt. St. Petersburg will be considering Nurse's request, as well.

Check out White's reasoning here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 1, 2016 11:00am]

    

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