|Copyright Carlton Ward, Jr.|
Come tell the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to protect black bears!
What: FWC Commission Meeting - Bear Management:
When: Tuesday, April 14th at 1:30 pm
Wednesday, April 15th at 8:30 am
Thursday, April 16th at 8:30 am
Where: Alfred Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center, FAMU
1800 Wahnish Way
Tallahassee, FL 32307
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will be discussing bear management issues at their upcoming meeting, Tuesday through Thursday, this week in Tallahassee. Black bears were protected under the state's endangered species list for 38 years, until their removal from the list in 2012. But bears face the threats of habitat loss, euthanasia, road kill, and now the prospect of hunting.
The lynchpin in solving human-bear conflicts is the management of trash and other attractants, and enforcement of preventing humans feeding bears. Recent bear attacks have occurred due to improperly secured trash receptacles and the active feeding of wild bears. Bear-proofing trashcans and enforcing laws against feeding bears will have a much greater impact on reducing human-bear conflicts than hunting.
The Sierra Club is also concerned with the plan to remove the permit processes for hazing bears with slingshots or paintball guns. Anyone implementing these techniques should only do so after completing training and going through a permit process.
FWC's presentations on the changes to the bear management plan can be found here.
Come and speak on behalf of the bears, and if you can't make the meeting, you can email your commissioners here, or fill out the bear comment form.