The most controversial hunt in Florida in a generation ended Sunday, but the disputes over the state’s decision to reopen bear hunting are far from over.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says it plans to repeat the hunt next year, a plan certain to spark intense debate.
The commission is pursuing criminal cases against several hunters suspected of baiting, which involves setting out food to attract the bears, as well as two cases of bears killed under the 100-pound minimum. Hunters are discussing lawsuits against hunt opponents who threatened and harassed them over the Internet. A planned rescue of orphaned cubs has been called off.
The wildlife commission ended the hunt after only two days, as the tally of dead bears hit 298, near the statewide quota of 320. In the eastern Panhandle…
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