New numbers are now coming in about the bear hunt in Florida this weekend. So far, 293 bears have been checked in at the bear check stations.
On Saturday night, bear hunting in Central Florida was halted for the rest of the season. The hunt was also closed in parts of the Panhandle.
Florida Fish and Wildlife has set a limit of 320 bears.
Saturday night, FWC maintained this bear hunt is science-based and is carefully regulated to help keep proper balance of bear populations relative to their available habitat. FWC added that our state has a large, resilient bear population in the four areas open to hunting. FWC issued around 3,000 bear hunting permits. The thrill of the hunt brought people from far and wide.
"I've killed many bears in Alaska, but I never figured they'd open season down here," Said a bear hunter named Palmer. "So, when they did, I came."
Palmer said he lived in Alaska for 42 years before moving to Florida.
"I eat everything I shoot," he told Fox 35.
Animal activists and conservatives, have spoken out against the hunt for months. Speak Up Wekiva had people monitoring each bear check station counting the killd.
"It's very difficult to check that only 330 bears be taken out," said Paul Eberle, with Speak up Wekiva.
Though the hunt is closed in Central Florida, other parts of the state continue.