Hunting Black Bears

Back in June, state officials decided to allow bear hunting in Florida for the first time in 20 years. The season will open on Oct. 24, and could last for up to a week. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the hunt is part of its comprehensive bear management plan, and will be open in four of the seven “Bear Management Units.”  We take a look at the rise of the black bear population -- and their shrinking habitat – with Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition veteran and bear biologist Joe Guthrie and Dr. Thomas Eason, director of habitat and species conservation with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Director of the Habitat and Species Conservation with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Bear Biologist and Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition Explorer

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Living with Florida Black Bears

Original Broadcast Date: 
07/21/15

Tuesday at 6:30 PM | Sunday at 7:30 AM on WUSF 89.7
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Host:
Robin Sussingham

Robin Trohn Sussingham is a reporter and program host at WUSF Public Broadcasting, and is the producer of Florida Matters. She came to WUSF from public radio stations KUER and KCPW in Utah, has contributed stories to NPR and Marketplace, and also has an extensive background in print reporting. She was born in Lakeland and often reports about Polk County.

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