A gust of good news for animal lovers in Florida as a Florida Judge has agreed to listen to a care that may halt the recently approved bear hunt. Bears in Florida has been listed as an endangered species for over 20 years and earlier this year, the hunting lobby recently got the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to lift the ban and issue licenses for hunting bear to keep as trophies. A protest was held earlier this month with dozens of concerned citizens and animal activists which eventually led Circuit Judge George S. Reynolds III to offer a hearing session with environmental groups.
The state currently have no clue how many bears are in the state as there has not been a bear count since 2002. While the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has allowed 320 bears to be hunted, they’ve issued over 2200 permits.
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A support rally with over 120 RSVPs will be hosted near the courthouse Thursday Oct 1st to show their support for the advocates meeting with the judge to show the state that there are many concerned citizens.