In 2015 Florida implemented a statewide Black Bear hunt after three years of the species being removed from the threatened list. Florida Black bears were originally eligible for the state's threatened list in 1974, where there were only 300- 500 Black bears across the state of Florida. The hunt was Florida state's first bear hunt in 21 years and the season only lasted two days until the state started to near their allotted quota of 320 bear, which number was set by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation commissioners, which was based on 2002 science and estimated black bear population of Florida. In all, 295 bears killed across the state of Florida, including 28 lactating mother bears were among the casualties, which means many 28-100 cubs no longer have the protection, support, or training the cubs need and deserve in order to survive.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Black Bear hunt was based on illogical claims and outdated evidence; the appointed committee, the disregard of Florida citizens opinion and the lack of scientific reasoning for this hunt has decreased the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation credibility because of the results of the special interests groups with monetary values that fueled the commission to proceed with invalid scientific reasoning for the hunt, in turn compelled animal activists and Florida citizens to partake in acts of using public outcry and forensic rhetoric to legally challenge the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation about their poorly attempt of conservation.