SO VERY SAD!
If the hunt-lobby, and the mostly pro-hunt Board of Directors of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, (FWC), get their way, slaughtered Florida Black bears strapped to the hoods of hunter’s vehicles will, for the second year in a row, be a common, albeit, unfortunate sight. The government organization tasked with the responsibility of critical wildlife conservation in Florida, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, (FWC), has systematically constructed a means by which to legally kill Black bears, beginning with their ill-advised and deliberate de-listing of the protected species in 2012.
During the 2015 hunt season, countless mother bears were killed while still lactating, all but certainly leading to the deaths of innocent cubs, forced to starve in an agonizing slow death. This resulted in the death of TWO GENERATIONS of Black bears. Nobody really knows exactly how many bears were actually killed, or what the impact will ultimately be on the remaining diminishing population.
The majority of the self-professed “big game hunters” that make up the un-elected, all-governor-appointed FWC Board of Directors have decided to bow to hunt-club pressure, and to their own wills, to hunt, kill, and eventually eradicate a once-protected keystone species. FWC has agreed that they “don’t know how many bears live in Florida”, and that the proposed hunt is “not about mitigating for [highly-fabricated] incidents of bear/human conflict”, but rather about “population control”.
FWC proposes to control the Black bear population without knowing how many bears exist, and have used public opinion regarding bear/human conflict as the reason, even though they have publicly stated that the hunt is not about mitigation for conflict.
The Board of FWC has gone against the citizens and well-documented science. So far, Governor Scott has failed to intervene or attempt to stop the impending tragedy. It’s time to change how we select members of the Board of what we should now call the Florida Fish and Wildlife ERADICATION Commission.
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