Those who showed up to honor the bears in person, at memorials across the state - largely in Lake Eola Park in Orlando but also popping up in other locations - carried signs and heartbreaking images of the dead. "Killing is not conservation," signs said. One woman sported a bag that simply said: "Your trophy had a family."
People hope that remembering the bear bloodbath will stop it from happening again. So far, it appears Florida's current hunting regulations would allow the hunt to happen again next year, unless something is done to prevent it.But people who gathered to remember the dead are hopeful that their demonstration will have future impact and prevent another hunt like this next year. "I came to this event for closure so that we can start moving on, and start being productive to protect and prevent another hunt," Shirlene Stuckey told Central Florida Future.