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UPDATE: Florida Bear Hunt Draws As Many Hunters As Bears In The State

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Environmentalists protested around Florida, a day before the state’s bear hunt.

More than 3,500 people have bought a permit for the hunt, as many hunters as there are bears in the state.

A few dozen protesters gathered at Lake Eola in downtown Orlando. They hoisted posters describing it as a trophy hunt and calling on Gov. Rick Scott to stop it.

Randall Cannon is a veterinarian in Winter Park. He says the hunt is the wrong way to manage a population that wildlife authorities say is poised to outgrow its habitat.

“That’s a man-made problem. When you put development in bear territory, those people know very well they’re going into bear territory. We’re in their territory.”

The protest was among a dozen statewide.


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Amy Green covers the environment for 90.7 News. She is an award-winning journalist who has worked as a regular contributor for NPR, PEOPLE, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor and many other top news organizations. Her in-progress book on the Everglades is under contract with Johns ... Read Full Bio »