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Saturday morning saw the start of Florida's first bear hunt in 20 years.

The bears are not going quietly.

At 6:30 p.m. Friday, according to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission release, a man walking near the Sportsman’s Lodge Motel and Marina in Eastpoint, a town on the state's southern panhandle, was attacked by a bear. He got himself to a hospital, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.


Wildlife officials "are conducting trapping efforts," the release says.

More than 3,200 permits have been issued for the hunt, which will last either one week or until 320 kills have been confirmed. The Commission has said the hunt is necessary to control the state's black bear population, and earlier this month a judge blocked an attempt to halt the hunt.


The plaintiffs in the suit, a local environmental group called Speak Up Wekiva (named after Florida's Wekiva River) believe the hunt is immoral as well as unconstitutional, arguing it violates the commission's mandate.

Rob covers business, economics and the environment for Fusion. He previously worked at Business Insider. He grew up in Chicago.

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