Target: Rick Scott, Governor of Florida
Goal: Don’t allow bear hunting season to open in Florida.
Since black bears were removed from the endangered species list efforts have surfaced to have a black bear hunt to try and quell barely rising populations that have moved toward residential Florida neighborhoods.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife service has now decided October is open season for bear hunters, despite only removing them from being a threatened population three years ago. Governor Rick Scott has the power to veto this decision and prevent open season on black bears.
Bear populations that are being measured currently show there are about three thousand black bears in Florida. It is estimated about three hundred of these bears will be killed by trophy hunters, which is ten percent of the known population.
The Fish and Wildlife Service itself admitted there is no evidence to show that allowing hunters to kill a bear will prevent future attacks. More proof weighs towards the use of preventative tactics, such as not leaving pet food or bird seed outside, bear spray, and stronger garbage bins. Once bears no longer associate residential areas with easy access to food, they will turn elsewhere, bringing down the risk of human injury.
These wild animals are not purposefully targeting people, yet a vendetta against them is being allowed. Hunters are going to get to shoot and kill them for anywhere from $100-300 a permit. That is what the price of killing an animal just shy of endangerment is.
These bears aren’t going to understand that their species is being murdered because they entered a residential area and it isn’t a fear of humans that prevents them from going near humans in the future. All the hunt will ultimately achieve is the death of numerous black bears.
Tell the Governor Scott that the opposition of the bear hunt is still strong and allowing it won’t solve the problem of bear attacks. Educating citizens and properly preparing them for bear encounters and preventing bears from coming into neighborhoods is the only proven way to help protect humans from wild bears.
Dear Governor Scott,
The Fish and Wildlife Service has declared October will be open season for hunters in Florida to kill bears. They will pay a small price for a permit allowing them to shoot an animal just shy of endangerment and the outcome will solve nothing but pushing bears back into needing protection.
There has been public outcry for months about the possibility of a bear hunt and now it has become a reality, despite extreme opposition. Bears are animals and they are not going to understand that they are being targeted because they are attacking humans. Nothing is going to change by allowing hunters to kill them except a continued perception that the best way to stop an animal from acting naturally is to shoot it.
There are better answers to stop bear attacks on citizens and it doesn’t include the mass murder of black bears. Veto the Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to allow the hunt and encourage people to instead get better education and be properly prepared for bears near their home. Part of living on this planet is sharing it will animals, some of whom are dangerous, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have a right to live.
[Your Name Here]
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