FWC isn’t calling for a hunt because there are too many bears.
The bears that are nuisances will continue to visit. The
ones deep in the woods, nobody sees except for hunters.
So why call for a hunt?
Obviously it is so the hunters can get their jollies off killing
those bears. And the nuisance bears will satisfy FWC killing lust when they
Selling permits for hunters to kill the bears is another plus as
it brings money into the FWC. Hunters support FWC financially
and verbally. They are buddies.
Hunting has been on a decline so FWC has beefed up their
promotion of hunting to kids and women. They offer camps
and other events to introduce them and get them interested
in hunting, if they haven’t already done that by a hunter in the
While part of FWC’s job is to provide hunting opportunities to hunters
and secure land for them to hunt on they are finding it hard to
keep their funds floating. They have many fund raising events
and have an extension called, “The Fish and Wildlife Foundation
of Florida.” This agency has FWC Nick Wiley on it’s board
along with ex-commission Richard Corbett who quit FWC when
the 2015 hunt debacle got too hot for him to handle.
The FWFF sells things to promote itself as well as hunting wildlife,
like hunting liscense plates. It also sells items to the nature loving
crowd, like binoculars and other equipment.
The depth of fund raising, grants, sales etc. I wouldn’t begin to
know for it seems that the FWC just morphs itself into other agencies
to promote itself. I can’t keep up with all of them.
Saying there are too many bears that there must be a hunt isn’t enough
in my book. Show us where the bears are starving, having genetic problems,
males are eating the cubs (that happens anyways.) That’s why cubs
need their mothers. But FWC allows for the killing of lactating females.
They want us to believe they care about the bears but nothing they do
proves it. They don’t care about cubs.
Smokey Jr., who got singed in a recent wildfire in Lake County caught the
attention of the public and the FWC had to do the right thing by it to make
the public believe that it cares. Yet they themselves kill cubs. This
is an outrage that this agency gets away with murder. Literally.
I find it funny that the FWC has hunters that go around promoting it and it’s practices in order to keep the court of public opinion finding favor on it. Sadly for them, it’s not working. They are hated more than ever and this will only grow as they continue to turn their blind eyes and deaf ears on those who are against the bear hunts.