There is black bear cull currently underway in Florida; some 200 bears (Florida, Sun Sentinel Newspaper) have so far been ‘taken’ (“harvested“) in the first ‘legal’ hunt in 21 years.
Why is the hunting happening now, just when the black bear population was recovering from losses due to hunting and habitat loss? What have the Florida black bears done to deserve this treatment, at this time at the behest of mankind?
The hunt is being sanctioned under some dubious notion of ‘scientific research’ to help authorities ‘manage’ the black bear population (ie. it’s all being disguised as ‘conservation’ nobly funded by the hunter).
But, it’s an ‘open’ multi-day hunt, with some 3,000 hunters versus the black bears. Black bears are naturally shy and unobtrusive, but have not been confronted by a ‘legal,’ noble hunter’s onslaught for 21 years. The death toll in the hunt is uncontrolled to a very large extent, the orphaned cubs left to starve unknown and unplanned for. Where is the science, management and ‘conservation’ in that? Why have the vast majority protesting the hunt been ignored?
There are reports of lactating mother bears being ‘taken’ by the hunters as they exploit their ‘legal’ right to kill/’take’ (“harvest“) – this conjures up images of Gareth Patterson’s “Milk in the Blood” account of a mother lion being killed in front of her cubs by a ‘noble hunter’ in Gareth’s exposure of the canned hunting industry, “Dying to be Free (1998).”
When will the ‘noble hunter’ (and those so-called ‘authorities’ that facilitate the hunter’s blood lust) actually show some signs of nobility, proving the stated concern for ‘conservation’ is not the self-deluded money making scheme so plainly evident for anyone else to see?
Source: THE BLACK BEAR MASSACRE OF 2015