The invasion of black bears of the human neighbourhoods has arrived to be a life endangering issue. After twenty years of banning, authorities have come up with the solution of bringing back the law which allows the hunting of the bears, as a solution for the growing population of these animals.
Growing bear population in Florida has pushed officials to bringing back the bear hunts, in order to control the on going growth, which started to represent a threat for suburban neighbourhoods. This hunting of the bears has been banned for 20 years.
Since 2012, four people have been attacked by bears and most of the incidents happened in the central region of the state, which was built on a previous bear habitat close to Ocala National Forest.
Officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, are planning to discuss the reopening of the bear hunting season, which is meant to control the growing population. Decision contested by animal rights defenders, which consider the action unnecessary . They claimed that hunting wont solve the problem and the only ones who can solve it were humans.
The majority of the encounters between humans and bears happen as a result of homeowners, leaving food outside in the open, attracting bears to enter the neighborhoods, explained the the wild life agency, when talking about the ongoing situation.
Wildlife authorities keep on studying the present black bear population growth in Florida. In 2002, Florida presented a population of around 3,000 black bears.
The problem, of bears meeting humans, might be caused by too many bears. The bears seem to be pushed out of their natural habitat, because of over population, which was driving them into the neighbourhoods, explained the vice president of the Central Florida Dog Hunters and Sportsman Association, Scott Davis.
The wildlife agency report, stated that out of the 41 states where black bears are living, 32 states approve their hunting. The black bear belongs to a subspecies that was on the point of extinction before the banning of hunting.
A survey released by The Humane Society of the United States, stated that 61% of voters were against the reopening of the bear season, while only 25% were in favour and 87% of the participants, responded that people living in the bear areas owned the responsibility of using bear proof garbage cans.
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