Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest and South Miami have passed resolutions opposing future Bear hunts in Florida. Florida Fish and Wildlife instituted and supported the hunts and plans to repeat the fiasco next year.
This thank you letter to Cindy Lerner, the Mayor of Pinecrest says it best:
I would like to take the time to thank you for being a voice for the voiceless and speaking for Florida’s Black Bears. I was a check station monitor and it was truly the hardest thing I have ever had to endure. During my time at station #21 in the Ocala National Forest, I recorded 11 lactating females and 1 cub brought in; there were bears that the FWC promised would be protected and they did nothing. As a lifelong educator, I work hard to teach my students that Florida’s unique ecosystem is truly our treasure and more valuable than strip malls or condominiums. I work to show them that we can strike a balance between our communities and those of our wild neighbors. I thank you for allowing me the opportunity to show my students that there are caring people in our government who also see the value of wild lands and animals.
In less than 2 days in October 295 bears were killed by hunters. Disgusting.
A big thank you goes out to Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest and South Miami for being humane to our wildlife. Now everyone contact Fish and Wildlife.