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103 names kept off public bear hunt licensee list

Florida May Restart Bear Hunting Season After 4 Attacks
Posted at 11:53 AM, Oct 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-17 11:53:00-04

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Roughly 100 names have been kept off the list of those who have obtained a permit to participate in the state's controversial bear hunt.

The Tallahassee Democrat (http://tinyurl.com/opy8mdc) reports 103 were redacted under a state statute that prevents releasing the addresses, phone numbers and other information of police, judges and other public officials along with their spouses and children.

The hunt is scheduled to begin Oct. 24 and hunters are allowed to kill up to 320 bears. So far, more than 2,700 hunters have obtained licenses to participate.

It would be Florida's first bear hunt in more than two decades. The state estimates there are 3,500 Florida black bears.

Earlier this month, a judge ruled the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission could continue the hunt despite opposition from an animal rights group.