Within the last two years, hundreds of incident reports have been filed from residents involving black bears. Some of these reports come from citizens who have reported dead pets. Four reports have included serious bear versus human attacks within the last two years.
More than 3,200 hunters have paid the $100 permit fee for their chance at hunting down one of the 320 black bears allowed by the state. All hunters who successfully shoot and kill a black bear, will have 12 hours to report the carcass to wildlife agents. The FWC will then update the figures each night by way of a telephone hotline that hunters can check.
The state estimates that each hunter has only a seven percent chance of actually seeing one. Meaning, there's a good chance that a lot of Floridians may be aimlessly wondering in the woods this week for no reason.
For more information about the hunt, visit the Florida Fish & Wildlife Comission website here.