Florida Removes Black Bear As Threatened

Florida Fish and Wildlife, Bear Hunting Magazine

The Florida black bear is no longer deemed a threatened species as it was among 16 species removed from the state list this week by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

A study found that the bear’s numbers had increased from 500 in the 1950s to more than 2,000 in the early part of this decade.

Commissioners voted 6-0 to remove the bear from the list, which was listed back in 1974 as threatened, but the change will not take place officially until they come up with a management plan, which could open the door to bear hunting in the state of Florida.

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