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FWC: No bear hunt planned in 2020

Posted at 9:06 AM, Dec 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-12 09:06:23-05

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Florida Fish and Wildlife says there won't be another bear hunt in Florida, at least for the foreseeable future.

Commissioners updated their bear management plan, but it does not include a hunt.

Instead, FWC staff will focus on reducing human-bear conflicts by using bear-resistant trash cans and removing bears that pose a safety threat.

FWC allowed a brief hunting season in 2015, during which 304 bears were killed by hunters.

Florida's black bear population is currently estimated at just over 4,000 bears.