SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - Bear hunting could soon be a reality in central Florida.
Florida Fish and Wildlife officials are considering up to a 7-day black bear hunt to help reduce the number of bear encounters.
The hunt may take place in the Rock Springs Run State Preserve and the Seminole State Forest.
The agency is considering a 2- to 7-day hunt that could happen at the end of October. The hunt would limit the take to one bear per person, per season.
Officials said there would be no hunting of cub bears weighing less than 100 pounds, or bears with one or more cubs.
The same firearm and archery weapons allowed for deep hunting would be permitted for bear hunting.
FWC will first hear from New Jersey's fish and wildlife manager about the state's comprehensive bear management program.
A final decision on the hunt could be made at an FWC meeting in the summer.