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I just wanted to make sure that you saw the email I sent regarding Florida's black bears last week. Time is running out and we need to act fast to send a message to Florida Fish and Wildlife Service (FFWS) that lifting the ban on bear hunting will be catastrophic. This Wednesday the FFWS will hold a hearing to determine whether allow black bears to be hunted for the first time in 40 years. We will be attending the hearing with our friends the Humane Society of Florida to deliver signatures of bear enthusiast like yourself who understand that we can't allow this ban to be lifted. There is still time to add your name to the mix by clicking here.

The whole email can be viewed below.

Thanks for standing up for the bears,

Sally and The Environmental Action Bear Club

Tell Florida that a few angry humans are no excuse: "Don't Kill the Bears"

The deadline to save the Florida bears is quickly approaching. With the hearing is on Wednesday, please sign and tell your friends to sign before the deadline. If we don't act fast, they could be the next state to kill hundreds of otherwise harmless black bears. On February 4th, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Service (FFWS) will hold a hearing to determine whether allow black bears to be hunted for the first time in 40 years.

FFWS claims that a recent increase in bear attacks has left them no other choice than to kill the bears and protect public safety.1 But FFWS is ignoring the fact that bears are only interacting with humans because urban sprawl has pushed more and more homes onto their natural habitats. With only 3,000 of these bears left in the state, this is no time to give hunters a license for a bear killing spree. That’s why I am asking you to help send a message to FFWS that lifting the hunting ban would be unBEARable.

There’s not much that makes sense about lifting this ban. Even FFWS admits that hunting would not reduce the number of bear incidents in suburban neighborhoods.2 Make no mistake, the plan to kill bears has more to do with trophies than safety. Just recently, the biggest bear in Florida's history was euthanized rather than trapped and released back into the wild.3 I guess FFWS believes that it’s the bears’ fault for being on our land before we got here.

A few years ago, barely 500 Florida bears were teetering on the brink of extinction -- and it was the FFWS that petitioned the federal government for help protecting them. Thanks to those conservation efforts, their numbers are increasing. But just because a few bears have had problems with people is no reason to open hunting season on all of them. Rather than indicting all the bears, FFWS should focus on slowing down urban sprawl.

Please join me in sending a message to FFWS to Stunt the Hunt.

Together we can take a stand for the bears, keep them safe and keep them flourishing in Florida.

Thanks for taking (Environmental) Action

Sally and The Environmental Action Bear Club

1. Craig Pittman, Florida may be on a bear hunt in 2015, Tampa Bay TImes, January 21, 2015.
2. AP, FWC to consider reopening bear hunting, WTSP Tampa, January 21, 2015
3. Jenna Iacurci, Biggest Florida Black Bear Ever Killed by FWC, Nature World News, Jan 22, 2015


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