Birds of a Feather: The Turkey Subspecies

In the 1800s, unregulated hunting, deforestation and habitat destruction drove the wild turkey population to fewer than 30,000 birds in North America. Thanks to hunter-led conservation efforts, there are now around 7 million turkeys throughout the US, Canada and Mexico, and they are found in every US state except Alaska. Turkeys are one of the …

Issue of the Week: Successful Bear Management Leads to Opening of Hunting Season in Florida

This weekend, Florida’s first black bear hunting season in decades opens. The opening of the season is the culmination of years of bear recovery efforts. From only a few hundred individuals in the 1970s to more than 3,000 today, the Florida black bear is one of the state’s biggest conservation success stories. The opening of …

Florida Wildlife Officials To Reopen Black Bear Hunting Season

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is in the process of updating that estimate.  In 2002, an estimated 2,500 to 3,000 bears resided in Florida. However due to a dramatic increase in reported sightings, they believe the population has grown significantly.  In response to increased human-bear conflicts and an alarming number of attacks …