Wildlife officials approve weeklong bear hunt in Florida
By now most of you already know what animal lovers in Florida knew for about two years.
Surprise, surprise, Surprise!
"Money talks and the public's voice gets stomped under by the payoff!"
Nick Wiley, the head of Fish and Wildlife Commission,
"Speak with Forked Tongue!"
"Big Fat Boldface Liar!"
Because he promised, Absolutely
"NO BEAR KILLING IN FLORIDA!"
Not more they one year ago, of course this was before money started floating around all over South Florida.
No hunting will be in or around this wealthy gated community that keeps feeding bears and leaving trash and dog food out at night!
The hunting will be in woods of the "Innocent Black Bears!"
They arrived at the Sarasota Hyatt Regency in dress clothes, camouflage ball caps and weatherproof fishing shirts. One wore a fuzzy bear costume. Sometimes they were civil, ticking off statistics as to why hunting black bears is a good or bad policy. At other points they were biting, heckling a 15-year-old girl and tossing around words like blood, carnage and corruption.
"Some good ol' boys already had their minds made up," said Avery Cobbs, 48, of Orlando, who wore the bear suit. "Unfortunately it didn't matter, and it's a huge loss."
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission executive director Nick Wiley said after the 5-1 vote that he thought the commission did the right thing. The approval means Florida is set to have a one-week, daytime bear-hunting season in four regions in October for the first time since 1994.
"It was a really tough decision for the commissioners," Wiley said. "I believe they listened to a lot of passionate input."
About 80 people spoke at the meeting during a comment period that stretched over six hours. One woman said she wore red to symbolize the blood of bears, another taped a sheet of paper to her chest with only two words: "Dead Bear."
"This public wants you to keep your grubby mitts and guns off of black bears," said Carol Abarbanell, 68, of Englewood.