"The agency believes the cubs are weaned off their mother's milk by the age of 9 months," Chris Norcott, Florida wildlife photographer and animal advocate, told The Dodo at the time. "This is not true. I've spent years photographing black bears in the wild and have witnessed firsthand cubs nursing from their mother from newborn up until their second year at 15 months."
According to the BBC, the first bear killed was a still-lactating mother bear. By the end of last year's hunt, an estimated 38 lactating mother bears were killed.
Thankfully, the Florida bears are safe this year. But the fight isn't over.