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April 15 marks start of Florida’s bat maternity season

March 29, 2016 

It is illegal to harm or kill bats in Florida, but they can be legally excluded from a building or structure by following effective, recommended practices that protect bats and people. Exclusions of bat colonies must be complete by April 15. 

Free fishing derby for youth at Tenoroc Fish Management Area

March 25, 2016 

The FWC is sponsoring a free youth freshwater fishing derby at Tenoroc Fish Management Area and Youth Conservation Center in Lakeland on April 2, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. No fishing license is required on this particular weekend but preregistration is required for the derby. 

4 Florida counties open April 1 to gag grouper recreational harvest

March 25, 2016 

State waters off the coast of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties will open to recreational harvest of gag grouper starting April 1. This regional season will remain open through June 30, with the first day of the closure being July 1.  

Hunter safety courses offered in April

March 25, 2016 

Those interested in attending a course can register online and obtain information about future hunter safety classes at MyFWC.com/HunterSafety or by calling the FWC’s regional office in Panama City at 850-265-3676. 

Spiny lobster season closes April 1

March 24, 2016 

The spiny lobster recreational and commercial season closes to harvest in state and federal waters starting April 1 and will reopen Aug. 6.  

New scientific estimates confirm Florida bear populations are large and growing

March 24, 2016 

Recently completed scientific estimates of black bear populations in Florida indicate the statewide population is now 4,350 adult bears. 

Look out boaters - manatees are on the move

March 23, 2016 

The FWC cautions boaters to look out for manatees and follow posted manatee zones. From April 1 through Nov. 15, seasonal manatee zones require boaters to slow down in certain areas to prevent manatees from being struck by motorboats or personal watercraft.  

Bowhunting course offered in Palm Beach County

March 23, 2016 

Those interested in attending a course can register online and obtain information about future hunter safety classes at MyFWC.com/HunterSafety or by calling the FWC’s regional office in West Palm Beach at 561-625-5122. 

Hunter safety courses offered in four counties

March 23, 2016 

Those interested in attending a course can register online and obtain information about future hunter safety classes at MyFWC.com/HunterSafety or by calling the FWC’s regional office in West Palm Beach at 561-625-5122. 

Orange Lake management plan needs stakeholder involvement, input

March 23, 2016 

For information about previous meetings, and an agenda for this meeting go to https://orangecreekbasin.wordpress.com or contact Ryan Hamm at 352-415-6961. 

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