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More than 200 black bears killed in first day of hunt in Florida

Staff writer ▼ | October 26, 2015
More than 200 black bears were killed in the first day of an authorized hunt in Florida, a state where hunting the animals had been banned for 21 years.
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A total of 207 bears were killed on Saturday, the first day of the seven-day season, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, or FWC, said. Hunters killed nearly two-thirds of the maximum of 320 black bears authorized by the FWC for the entire state of Florida in just one day.

The limits were reached in two of the four districts approved for hunting in the first day of the hunt and no more bears will be allowed to be killed in those areas.

Environmentalists and animal rights groups oppose the planned hunt, which the FWC justified on the grounds that black bears had become a nuisance in many areas, attacking people and pets, and scavenging for food around homes.