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With Florida black bear hunting season scheduled to start next month, a conservation group is asking a judge to block it. But a veteran wildlife lawyer says the group’s chance of success is slim.


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Activists will protest against the use of animals in the Morocco Shrine Circus show in Jacksonville this Friday.

During an appearance on WJCT's “First Coast Connect,” Adam Sugalski, the creative director of Compassion Works International, talked about some of the group’s concerns with the use of animals in circus acts.

Compassion Works International is a nonprofit organization dedicated towards ending animal cruelty.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Rules for the state's first bear hunt in more than 20 years have been published as the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is expected next month to give final approval to the hunt.

The posting of the rules came as the Humane Society has reached out to Gov. Rick Scott to halt the pending hunt because the commission has yet to determine how many bears are in Florida.

"This is very premature," said Kate MacFall, the Humane Society's Florida director. "They haven't even finished the count. They don't even know about the bear population."

It's the only state where the judges are more violent than wild animals. Welcome to this week's edition of ONLY IN FLORIDA.

National Geographic spoke with David Telesco, coordinator of the Bear Management Program for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, on why attacks by bears on humans appear to be up in the state.