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Black bears in Florida to remain off limits to hunters

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Posted at 4:45 AM, Dec 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-13 04:45:29-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Black bears in Florida will continue to be off limits to hunters. The bears used to number only in the low hundreds and were once declared a threatened species in the 1970s.

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But since then, their numbers have exploded, and there are now about 4,000 of the animals roaming the state. The population explosion has been a concern.

Commissioners adopted a 10-year management plan Wednesday that they say takes a scientific approach in controlling the rising numbers.

For now, though, that plan won't include hunting -- although commissioners say the matter may be revisited.