Stop Slaughter of Hundreds of Black Bears

Target: Nick Wiley, Executive Director, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Goal: Do not implement a cruel and ineffective black bear cull.

Licenses to hunt and kill black bears could be issued in October of this year, should a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) initiative be approved. While black bears were in danger of being wiped out of the state in the 1970’s, their populations have rebounded nicely after receiving protected status. Since then, bear-human encounters have increased by 400 percent. Now, in order to reduce contact between humans and bears, the FWC is proposing that 275 black bears be killed this October.

While such a hunt would reduce bear populations, it would mainly effect the non-problem bears that live out in the woods rather than the potentially dangerous ones that stick close to city limits. Furthermore, without addressing the reasons bears are attracted to the city in the first place, the problem will not be fixed. Unsecured garbage, bird feeders, and fruit trees are all easy food sources for these opportunistic foragers, and are likely to continue to attract bears if left unchecked.

Rather than killing the bears, the committee could implement education programs on how residents can deter the creatures from wandering onto their property. Trapping and relocation is another alternative found to be successful with bears younger than four years who have not yet established a home range near city limits. Sign the petition below to ask the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to implement humane bear control methods rather than a cruel and ineffective bear cull.


Dear Mr. Nick Wiley,

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is currently considering a bear cull, which would result in the deaths of 275 black bears in the central Florida region. The bears, which were critically endangered in the 1970’s, have become more common throughout the region, as have human-bear encounters. While these encounters are dangerous for both animals and humans, culls have been found to be ineffective at reducing problematic animal encounters.

Bears are attracted to human-inhabited areas by fruit trees, bird feeders, as well as unsecured garbage. Without addressing these issues, bears will continue to return to urban areas. Education as well as the trapping and relocation of juvenile bears is likely to be a more humane and more effective alternative. We, the undersigned, demand that no bear hunt is allowed this coming October.


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  1. Cecily Colloby says:

    Shoot the humans, not the bears. The human race is the most stupid, arrogant thing on earth.They are breeding out of control and they have the nerve to think they are more important than any other species.It would do us all a favour if we had a human cull, starting with all the idiots who come up with ideas like this….

    • Virginia Greenwood-Warner says:

      Couldn’t agree more. Once we sort out our own overpopulation problem, then and then only should we dare to interfere with any other species. The only totally destructive species on earth are humans.

  2. Cecily Colloby says:

    Shoot the humans, not the bears. The human race is the most stupid, arrogant thing on earth.They are breeding out of control and they have the nerve to think they are more important than any other species.It would do us all a favour if we had a human cull, starting with all the idiots who come up with ideas like this.

  3. Why is it that humans first response to a situation like this is to cull/kill/slaughter? Look at other alternatives instead of just the answer that’s easiest for you!

  4. Why are these people allowed to get away with killing these poor animals they should be made accountable for their crimes what they have done is unforgiveable



  6. DAWN ADAMS says:

    Love you all..All except the stupid woman who brought up god and abortion. ..Please keep them out of the argument. ..I’m all for the culling of humans …I know plenty who are so full of self righteousness and contribute nothing to the planet..They just take and take….We could start with some politicians followed by all the hunters….

  7. Marta de Oliveira Silvestre says:

    Por favor, não destruam estes animais que são sagrados e merecem viver tal como nós.Paz e Luz no planeta!

  8. I’d like to know when/where/how humans got the idea that they could just kill off another species!! This is heartbreaking that subhumans like the ones who shoot and kill these animals think that it’s okay~~What the Hell??? The reason the bears (and other wild animals) are “encroaching”, (as the killers like to phrase it) on what they call “their property” is because they leave food and other items out where the wild ones will be attracted to it. And, do they ever think that the bears were there first, so it’s really the bears’ land~~subhumans are taking all the land. Where else to the animals have to go???

  9. “Aren’t humans amazing? They kill wildlife – birds, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice and foxes by the million in order to protect their domestic animals and their feed. Then they kill domestic animals by the billion and eat them. This in turn kills people by the million, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative – and fatal – health conditions like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and cancer. So then humans spend billions of dollars torturing and killing millions more animals to look for cures for these diseases. Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals. Meanwhile, few people recognize the absurdity of humans, who kill so easily and violently, and once a year send out cards praying for “Peace on Earth.”~C. David Coates

  10. Linda Amundson says:

    I suggest culling 275 hunters, or other people in that area, instead. Stop killing non-human animals!!! What this world needs is a virus that kills only humans and thins out our rapidly and ever-growing population or wipes it out completely. It’d be the best thing that could happen to the planet and to the non-human animals. At the least, mandatory birth control for humans all over the world. We don’t own the earth, no matter how much some people think we do. We just use it and destroy everything on it.

  11. Bear Chili says:

    This is an anti-signature. Bears are dangerous, a good source of protein, and very tasty, be like Papua New Guineans, Inuits, and so many other indigenous people everywhere who will know how to survive when the asteroid/Carrington level solar event/major world war/nuclear winter/volcanic winter/alien arrival, or any other of a number of potential globally catastrophic events occurs; hunt, eat, survive. Or do you, like one signator, assume that they haven’t “evolved” past such “barbarism” like “we” in modern westernized cultures have and the poor things just don’t know any better like “we” do? The soft, easy technology driven life made possible by the petrochemical industry that many of you despise so much is a brief respite from the realities of life on this planet. When a society/culture as a whole loses the knowledge and skills necessary for human survival on this planet under normal conditions (the last few hundred years of industrialization and urbanization are not the norm, only a brief stay, see the previous 200K+ years), they lose the survival game in the long run, period, full stop. One day the petroleum hating tech obsessed starbucks drinking anti-hunting crew will be begging someone to please hunt for them, please feed them, or for the smarter ones, to teach them to hunt, some will become victims because of their lack of knowledge and skill, some few who may be more self centered members of that crew will become desperate and hungry enough to almost anything in the quest to obtain survival. Individuals and societies that have retained the knowledge and skills necessary to survive in the rough and tumble that is the real world will be less likely to become victims or to victimize fellow humans in desperation when times get tough. The anti-hunting crew should think bigger, and broader. Myopic naval gazing is what always gets humans in trouble with unintended consequences, like the unintended consequences of over-hunting a species, and the resultant unintended consequences of knee-jerk emotion-driven long term over protection of a top end predator species while gobbling up its hunting range to build residential developments, Apple stores, Starbucks, ridiculous Holiday- Amusement play-lands and massive Industrial,Technology and Business Parks, did I mention Apple stores and Starbucks? All while providing plenty of free food for them in suburban fast food & market dumpsters and residential garbage cans everywhere. Not to mention overprotecting their prey species (deer for one) while gobbling up their natural range, providing them with too much easily available free food as well, causing them to concentrate in large numbers near human populations, leading to further concentrations of overpopulated bears near suburbs and neighborhoods. What’s my point? Cataclysmically and radically change everything from the ground up to protect the bears and other wildlife before it inevitably happens anyway (you might have to deal with no Apple or Starbucks, among a few other things, if you choose that route), or deal with limited hunts to control the over-protected bear population, a growing problem in many states and suburban and even urban zones. You can’t have your cake and eat it too. You’re anti-bear-hunt until one harms or kills your child or pet or gets into your home and destroys it. Not a common occurrence, but neither is a flood or fire, people still buy flood & fire insurance and take pro-active precautions against those uncommon occurrences. I’ll take a swipe at the anti-gun folks here to, of which many of you are, no doubt. Just like being anti-bear-hunt, you’re anti-gun until you or a loved one is a victim of a heinous crime, home invasion, etc. and you or they are utterly powerless to defend against such an attack. Also not a common occurrence, but one worth being proactively prepared for, or mitigating against. The bear hunt in Florida isn’t for no reason, I would urge everyone who considers signing this petition to do their research first, arm yourself with knowledge and facts. Consider the limits on the hunt, what areas will be open for hunting and why, and for how many days, what are the bear populations in those areas, what are the human-bear encounter numbers in those areas, how many dangerous encounters have occurred and what are projected population increase numbers over time (human and bear) and what are the corresponding projected dangerous encounter numbers. Black bears are statistically more dangerous than even grizzlies or brown bears. Recklessly allowing them overpopulate near human population areas is irresponsible. Arm yourself with knowledge above all else, don’t allow yourself to succumb to the intellectually cowardly easy comfort of feel-good emotional knee jerk reactions. A hungry bear will eat a people without compunction given the right circumstances, and those circumstances currently exist in Florida and elsewhere. You or your kids are much easier to catch than a deer, or even your cat muffins, and bear chili is mighty tasty, non-gmo, hormone-free, antibiotic free healthy protein to boot, and much more fun, survival skill/knowledge building, life affirming and self validating to obtain than a pack of tofu bacon or lentils (unless you’re afraid of eating fear, but wait, then you’re full of fear anyway, so what’s the difference). Go to a séance and ask a long passed Native American, or Sami, or Ainu. Stay golden Pony Boy, stay golden…

  12. Cecily Colloby says:

    “Bear Chili” (another one who keeps his/her name secret!) you are talking drivel!! No doubt bears ARE dangerous but there is nothing on this earth as dangerous, arrogant, stupid and self important as the human race as is obvious from your long winded comments!! Enough said…

  13. Why is killing everything the only solution people can come up with? Maybe they need to look up what “conservation” means to better understand their occupation choice!

  14. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    Violence is not the answer of removing animals. I do not think all animals and humans r dangerous at all unless they attack them.

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