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FWC opens boardwalk at Half Moon WMA, increases outdoor opportunities

March 04, 2015 

The elevated boardwalk takes visitors deep into the scenic floodplain swamp running along the route of a historic logging trail and spans Mill Creek, a tributary of the Withlacoochee River.  

Do not disturb Florida’s nesting sea turtles

March 03, 2015 

“People can help save threatened and endangered sea turtles by giving them enough space and privacy to safely and successfully lay their eggs. It’s as simple as keeping your distance and avoiding shining lights or taking flash photos of the nesting sea turtles. 

Exotic Pet Amnesty Day set for March 7 in Miami

March 02, 2015 

The public is invited to surrender any exotic animals they have been keeping as pets – no penalties and no questions asked. 

Contractors sought to help address human-bear conflicts in Highlands and Lee counties

March 02, 2015 

FWC biologists will provide training for the bear response contractor, who will assist in trapping, community outreach, retrieval of carcasses resulting from vehicle collisions and other tasks. 

Plan for conserving 60 Florida species ready for input

February 24, 2015 

The Imperiled Species Management Plan is an innovative new wildlife conservation model for Florida. The draft plan combines actions targeted to protect each of the 60 species with broader integrated strategies benefiting multiple species. 

FWC moving forward with comprehensive approach to reducing conflicts with bears

February 04, 2015 

In response to rapidly increasing conflicts and several incidents where bears seriously injured people, the FWC is building on its long-standing, proactive approach to bear management. At its Feb. 4 meeting in Jacksonville, the FWC approved a plan to move forward with a variety of tools to manage bears and help reduce human-bear conflicts. 

FWC drawdown of Hickory Mound Impoundment to improve habitat

February 04, 2015 

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists are planning a drawdown – lowering the water level – of the Hickory Mound Impoundment this week. 

‘Critical Wildlife Area’ signs go up around Bird Island in Martin County

January 28, 2015 

The FWC and Martin County have installed signs around a small island in Martin County, known locally as Bird Island, identifying it as a “Critical Wildlife Area.” The spoil island, also known as MC2, is an important nesting site for a variety of wading birds and one shorebird species.  

Northern African pythons targeted for removal

January 26, 2015 

This winter, the FWC and partners are continuing increased efforts to locate and remove invasive, nonnative Northern African pythons in south Florida to take advantage of the weather and the snake’s limited distribution. 

FWC to hold public hearings on proposed manatee zones for western Pinellas

January 26, 2015 

The FWC will hold two public hearings Tuesday, Jan. 27, and Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 6 p.m. to gather additional public comment.  

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