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On July 4 give space to nesting shorebirds, sea turtles

June 29, 2017 

Please respect shorebird and sea turtle areas that are posted to protect these vulnerable species, but remember not all nests are posted.  

FWC seeks input on conserving Florida burrowing owls in urban landscapes

May 22, 2017 

The FWC will hold open-house style public meetings in June to provide information and gather input on the agency’s development of Conservation Measures and Permitting Guidelines for the Florida burrowing owl.  

Remember: Lionfish Challenge 2017 starts tomorrow on Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day

May 19, 2017 

The 2017 Lionfish Challenge rewards recreational and commercial lionfish harvesters for their removal efforts with prizes and incentives.  

Springtime spurs activity for Florida black bears, cubs

May 18, 2017 

TheFWC reminds the public to be aware that bears are becoming more active this time of year. There are important things people can do over the next few months to reduce negative interactions with Florida’s largest land mammal. 

Pinellas County to get new manatee protection signs

May 17, 2017 

The FWC will soon begin work to repair, clean and install waterway markers for existing boating safety and newly-established manatee protection zones in Pinellas County.  

Share your marine fisheries comments on new saltwater commenting webpage

May 08, 2017 

The FWC Division of Marine Fisheries Management wants to hear from you. In an effort to keep stakeholders informed and to gather public input on upcoming issues, a new webpage has been created: MyFWC.com/SaltwaterComments.  

Clean bird feeders to help protect cardinals and other birds

May 08, 2017 

The FWC has received reports of sick and dead cardinals in north Florida from concerned residents who have bird feeders. Cleaning bird feeders can decrease the potential for spreading diseases 

FWC transplants aquatic plants to help restore Lake Istokpoga

May 08, 2017 

Thousands of aquatic plants are being transplanted into Lake Istokpoga in an effort to help restore this popular shallow-water bass fishing lake in Highlands County.  

2017 Gulf recreational red snapper state season opens weekends starting May 6

May 04, 2017 

The recreational red snapper season in Gulf of Mexico state waters opens weekends in May starting May 6. On May 27, the season will open daily through July 9. The recreational red snapper season in Gulf of Mexico state waters opens weekends in May starting May 6. On May 27, the season will open daily through July 9.  

FWC making it easier, more rewarding to remove pythons

April 24, 2017 

The FWC is launching new programs to encourage people to help remove nonnative Burmese pythons from the Everglades ecosystem and surrounding area.  

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Black bears are called omnivores because they eat both plant and animal matter. A bear's diet consists of approximately 80 percent plant and 20 percent animal matter.

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