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Wildlife authorities check a dead bear during Florida’s bear hunt. Photo by Amy Green

Conversations: Limits On Trash Start In Bear-Weary Seminole County

Starting Friday, Seminole County will require bear-weary residents west of Interstate 4 to secure their trash. That part of the county is considered the epicenter of bears roaming into neighborhoods and coming into contact with people. Kipp Frohlich is a bear expert at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. He talked with 90.7’s Amy Green about the role trash plays in luring bears into people’s yards and what impact, if any, the recent bear hunt had on keeping bears away.
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Intersection: Friday News Round Table

Governor Rick Scott has struck a deal with the Seminole tribe to expand casino gambling in South Florida and, he says, pump billions into the state’s economy.Brevard County’s sheriff is calling on licensed gun owners to be on alert for terrorism.And as Donald Trump floats the idea of closing the US border to Muslims the mayor of St. Petersburg reacts, by banning Trump from his city.
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Environmentalists Consider Legal Challenge As Reaction Mixed On Florida Bear Hunt

Environmentalists are considering a legal challenge to Florida’s first bear hunt in two decades. The statewide hunt in October is aimed at managing the growing population of the animal that was removed from the state’s threatened list in 2012. It was approved Wednesday by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission after hours of public testimony, most of it against the hunt. But not everyone opposes the hunt in Central Florida, home to the state’s largest bear population.
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