Legislation to prohibit bear hunting in Florida has been watered down by a Senate Committee.
A compromise prohibiting people from picking Palmetto berries and from shooting lactating female bears has been approved by a Senate Committee on a four to one vote this afternoon.
Sponsor Linda Stewart said the challenge was coming up with language that hunters would understand.
“You know, we had a hard time defining how you would recognize they were lactating. And so we’ve come up with a hundred pound cub nearby,” said Stewart, “That you would not be able to shoot a mother bear if they had a cub nearby or a cub weighing a hundred pounds. That’s about the size of a German Shepard.”
Stewart said the state budget being negotiated has another $500,000 to help people buy bear proof garbage cans.