Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Bears on the agenda for today's Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission meeting

Bears are on the agenda for a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission meeting scheduled to begin 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in Tallahassee.

In 2015, the FWC held its first bear hunt in 21 years. It was supposed to last a week, but wildlife commission officials ended it after just two days because hunters killed so many bears so quickly: 304 total, including 36 mother bears.

Last June, after a 9-hour meeting that drew more than 100 people to the small Panhandle town of Eastpont, the wildlife commissioners voted 4-3 against holding a 2016 hunt.

Although the agenda item for the April 19 and 20 FWC meeting includes a discussion of "bear management," executive director Nick Wiley recently told reporters staff is not going to recommend another bear hunt.

"We are not planning to propose anything specific to bear hunting in 2017," Wiley said in an e-mail to the Times/Herald. "With that said, there is usually public comment about bear hunting at our commission meetings and I expect that to continue at this meeting."

Commissioners, he added, "can certainly discuss the topic if they wish."

Bears on the agenda for today's Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission meeting 04/19/17 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 8:39pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics

    Blogs

    Winner of the week 1: 'Liquor wall’ proponents. Gov. Rick Scott’s veto of a bill to allow Walmart, Target and other big box stores to sell liquor was a victory for an array of groups, from smaller merchants and Publix (which has stand-alone booze shops near its stores) to those who feel the hard stuff …

  2. Review / photos: Sunset Music Festival brings Major Lazer, safety upgrades to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa

    Blogs

    Somewhere beyond the barricades and mountainous LED stages of the Sunset Music Festival, there had to be worry. There had to thousands of parents in parking lots and empty kitchens, anxiously distracting their minds, every now and then checking their phones.

    Major Lazer headlined the Sunset Music Festival on May 27, 2017 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
  3. 24-year-old man charged with murder in shooting at Andrea Cove Motel

    LARGO — Pinellas sheriff's officers arrested a 24-year-old transient man Saturday in connection with a homicide at the Andrea Cove Motel in unincorporated Largo.

  4. Photo gallery: Calvary Christian rolls to state title

    Blogs

    View a gallery of images from Calvary Christian's defeat of Pensacola Catholic 11-1 in six innings Saturday night at Hammond Stadium in Ft. Myers for the Class 4A title.

    Calvary Christian players circle up on the field before the FHSAA class 4A baseball championship against Pensacola Catholic on Friday May 27, 2017 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Fla. Calvary scored 6 runs in the first inning, and had 7 hits.
  5. Two girls found safe after being reported missing in New Port Richey

    UPDATE: Both girls were found safe Saturday night, police said.