Since his first year as governor, Republican Rick Scott's environmental track record has been a natural disaster.
James Palmer allegedly shot a protected lion known as Cecil with a crossbow in a killing that has outraged conservationists and others.
As in the case of so many prior disasters, environmentalists and everyone affected by this devastating oil spill are trying to get through what some have called a "nightmare scenario."
"Rewarding shooters, including young children, with prizes takes us back to an earlier era of wanton killing that so many of us thought was a closed chapter."
A 34 year-old rhino named Suni, died from natural causes on Oct. 17, at a nature reserve in Kenya, leaving just six northern white rhinos remaining worldwide.
At a time when wolves are only just starting to make a comeback in some states, these actions have fueled a climate of concern and outrage.
Without a source of sea ice on which to spend the winter, the mammals have been forced to come ashore seeking refuge, in record numbers, confused and stranded.
This is the first time the state has stepped into the issue over the species, which is losing protection and being killed in several states.
Activists including conservation groups, animal rights supporters, and First Nation tribe members have serious qualms about the hunting of these bears for pure sport.
Currently, Japan's whaling program is killing about 1,000 whales a year under the guise of "scientific purposes."