Wednesday, December 13, 2023

ANNALS OF DeSANTISTAN: Florida lawmakers want version of 'stand your ground' law for lethal force against bears. (USA Today Network/Tallahassee Democrat)

What do you reckon?  (Quo vobis videtor?)  Is this why we elect legislators?  Who speaks for bears?  And why do porcine privileged Dull Republican poohbahs seek to otherize our fellow inhabitants of this frail planet?  Fondly remember that one of the School of Foreign Service professors at Georgetown University in the 1970s had a collection of humorous bumper stickers on his office door in the Nevils Building, adjoining the Fr. Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service Building, stating inter alia: "I support the right to arm bears."

Florida lawmakers want version of 'stand your ground' law for lethal force against bears

James Call
Capital Bureau | USA TODAY Network – Florida
An inquisitive Florida black bear has triggered a remote camera set by biologists. The bear is in the sand pine scrub of the Ocala National Forest, which supports the highest density population of black bears in North America.

A legislative committee on Tuesday will consider an ursine version of Florida's 'stand your ground' law, allowing the use of lethal force on black bears who wander into people’s yards, climb their trees or sleep in their carports. 

The problem seems to be most acute in north Florida. According to A.J. Smith, the sheriff of Franklin County, about an hour-and-a-half drive from Tallahassee, this latest generation of bears is not made up of your ordinary, shy, reclusive Florida black bear. 

On his Facebook page, he has described a series of calls over the past year. His deputies have responded to calls about bears roaming the streets of Carrabelle, breaking into homes in St. Teresa and snoozing on a Lanark Village porch — all communities in that coastal county on the Gulf of Mexico.

Now, it is illegal to kill a bear in Florida without a hunting permit unless it is to protect human life, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, or FWC. 

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