Ecotiere.com is now offering nature hikes and lectures.
Expert wildlife specialist Fred Bohler is now ready to take you hiking and teach
all about Florida’s wonderful wildlife. You’ll explore and learn about tracks, bones,
habitat, creatures and many other things while you enjoy a fun hike with one of
Central Florida’s most knowledgeable nature lovers.
About Fred Bohler:
Fred Bohler is a wildlife specialist and an accomplished speaker desiring to further the understanding between humans and wildlife.
.Fred has a special interest in reptiles, crocodilians, and arachnids.
His work has involved radio and television including programs such as Animal Planet.
He has also worked as a herpetologist and animal care specialist for zoological institutions and various government agencies and has closely worked with black bears.
His “life mission” is solving myths and phobias through wildlife education for the general public as well as one on one.
Guided Eco Nature Hikes
There are three locations to choose your hike from:
- Wekiwa State Park – A 7,000-acre Florida State Park in Apopka, Florida.
- Fechtel Tract – Lower Wekiva State Preserve – 8300 W. State Road 46, Sanford, FL
- Rock Springs Run State Reserve Park – 30601 County Road 433
Lectures take place at Wekiva Island – 1014 Miami Springs Dr, Longwood, FL
For Booking Your Hike or Lecture and More Information, Go To – http://www.ecotiere.com
Recently an activist stated that FWC does not kill bears. How bazaar coming from a bear activist who has been involved in stopping the bear hunts. Anyone can request these records from FWC.
To prove my point about FWC killing bears, I am including some images of records sent to me from FWC of the bears that they have killed during 1/11/15 to 4/11/16. These records do not come color-coded. I did that so I could reference certain things more easily.
This, sadly, is Pedals. This is what happened to the beloved bear. Tell me how this makes sense that his life should have been taken?
Although we cannot tell for sure who killed Pedals, the bi-pedal bear.
There are surely people who know and should be telling. For one,
a person who may not have killed him is catching all the flack, as is
his family and business. Not that this person didn’t set himself up for
this, he did. He bragged about going to kill Pedals for three years and
as the time came closer it got worse. He taunted people who loved
Pedals showing himself to be one sick puppy. Who would set out
to kill a harmless, lame bear who had done no wrong and wouldn’t?
All black bears have been unjustly vilified. But Pedals was lame.
There are those hunters among some ethical ones that give them all
a black eye. It’s the heartless, soulless, trophy, thrill seeking sick
individuals that eat, drink and breathe the blood of an innocent animal.
There are many “game” species that hunters are allowed to hunt and
most go without any complaint. Then there are the magnificent creatures
that nobody should be hunting. And those that are rare, or injured.
Most people take pity on an injured animal and seek to help it. It is a
rare breed that sets out to kill it saying they are putting it out of its misery.
Pedals was surviving quite well. Without the need to be in a sanctuary to
keep it from being murdered, it would have continued to do well.
The world is made of all kinds of people. Some make it better, some make
it worse. I think I can safely say, that the person who killed Pedals is not
making it a better place.
Nick Wiley did not disclose that he is the executive director of FWC in the recently published article he wrote to the Orlando Sentinel. As executive director he is clearly
biased and so that articlle should be read as tongue in cheek, or fingers crossed behind the back.
Regarding the number of bear calls in 2002 – The bears were still on the endangered list.
In 2015 – The bears were not and FWC was asking people to call if they even saw a bear!
I’d say they were working their spin to get people to agree to a hunt. Not that people’s opinion matter but it’s better to instill fear, such as Marion Hammer with the NRA just did by saying bears are terrorizing our neighborhoods! What a lie! And that’s all we get from such hunting biased organizations and people.
The count of 4,350 did not deduct the over 600 bears killed last year!!! How’s that for spinning the truth?
I’m sick of all the lies just to try to justify a hunt that should not take place to please the mere 1% of the hunting populace in the state.
The bears are wandering out of their areas because people are feeding them and the forest are being dozed down. The oaks trees are being replaced with long-leaf slash pine which offers no food. The saw palmetto berries are being raped by illegals who sell them to the pharmaceutical industry. Wiley failed to emphasize the enormous problem there is with that! Omission of truth is lying!
Wiley mentioned the number of road kills. This in itself is controlling the numbers of bears along with the 129 that FWC killed last year and natural deaths. No need for a hunt.
We have “thousands of human-bear conflicts a year?” Seriously? A person seeing a bear in their yard is NOT a conflict! Keep it real. When you say these thing you know people are going to think there was interaction and that people were in danger! Shame on you!
Bears have increased all over the United States. Not just Florida. It’s not so much to do with FWC as it is with nature. And left to their own, nature will take care of the populations and control them.
For those reading this who do not know, “conservation” according to FWC includes hunting – killing. They do not “conserve.” They are mandated to provide hunting opportunities for hunters. That is their job!
The reason for Nick Wiley writing this article is to make the public trust the FWC in making the decision for having another bear hunt. Pure and simple.
Unfortunately, The Orlando Sentinel did not allow people who are not subscribers to even comment on this article. Guess they need the money.
If you want the truth about the bear hunts and the FWC, join a Facebook group devoted to them.
People owe it to our wildlife to be educated and fight for their lives.
FWC has had a “one and done” policy when it comes to nuisance bears.
This means that if they get a call from Joe Schmo that there is a bear in his
garbage, the FWC will come out and trap the bear and take it off and kill it.
Sometimes this includes mother bears with their cubs.
All of the incidents pictured below have two things in common. The people live in areas where bears are known to be and the people do not live “bear smart.”
Many people balk at having to buy bear proof trash cans. Other’s can’t afford them.
But there are programs to help people get them. A lot of money has been allocated
for these purposes. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to be happening.
The photos below show evidence of lack of responsibility of home owners and the
FWC taking the easy way out to solve the “nuisance.”