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Black Bear Hazing Kits Donated to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Twenty-four black bear hazing kits were donated  to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission by The Humane Society of the United States.  FWC will provide the kits at no cost to local law enforcement agencies participating in its black bear training program. The FWC trains approximately 24 police and sheriff’s departments annually in how to properly and effectively haze bears who have entered neighborhoods looking for an easy meal in unsecured garbage cans.

Kate MacFall, Florida state director for The HSUS, said, “We support non-lethal methods of preventing human-bear conflicts and are pleased to assist the FWC and local law enforcement by providing and delivering these materials free of cost. Promoting non-lethal conflict prevention methods such as aversive conditioning, coupled with effective bear-proof trash management and public education will help make Florida safer for bears and people.”

Each kit contains a can of special pepper spray designed to deter bears, a holster for the bear spray and 10 rounds of bean bag ammunition for hazing black bears. Amtec Less-Lethal, the Perry, Florida-based manufacturer of the bean bag ammunition, supported this project by selling the ammunition to The HSUS at a reduced cost.

Rick Gardner, President of Amtec Less-Lethal, stated, “Amtec Less-Lethal is proud to work with The Humane Society of the United States to help provide these kits and promote options for local law enforcement to deter bears with less force. This project fits perfectly with Amtec’s mission to provide less-lethal equipment and training to law enforcement.”

Media Contacts:

The HSUS: Kaitlin Sanderson, 301-721-6463, ksanderson@humanesociety.org
Amtec Less-Lethal: Rick Gardner, 850-223-4066

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