Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he won't stop bear hunt despite protests
Posted:Sep 16 2015 06:27AM EDT
Updated:Sep 16 2015 06:27AM EDT
APOPKA, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) -
Despite pleas from animal rights groups, Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he won't stop next month's bear hunt.
Environmental group "Speak up Wekiva" has filed an emergency motion to get a judge to put the hunt on hold.
The lawsuit is challenging the constitutionality of the hunt and also claims there is no evidence that hunting bears in remote wildlife management areas will reduce bear attacks. Officials say even though more than 2,000 hunting permits have been sold, only 320 bears can be killed. The group's primary objection is the fact that the hunt is a week long hunt with a minimum of two days.
Florida Fish and Wildlife sent FOX 35 this response which reads: "The bag limit for the upcoming bear hunt is one bear per person per season. The bear harvest will be limited through daily decisions regarding season closure, based on daily harvest totals. Experience in other states with a similar hunt structure indicates that hunter success is relatively low."
Critics say that's not a fair comparison. The state says the hunt is expected to reduce the bear population by about 10 percent.