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FWC data show increase in bear population

June 10, 2015 

In the North BMU, the study shows the black bear population estimate is more than 500 bears, more than double the estimate from 2002. In the Central BMU, the population estimate is more than 1,200 bears, an increase of nearly 30 percent over the previous estimate. 

Exotic Pet Amnesty Day set for May 16 in Kissimmee

May 06, 2015 

The public is invited to surrender exotic animals, which they have been keeping as pets and can no longer care for – no penalties and no questions asked. 

Help plan the future of Aucilla Wildlife Management Area

May 05, 2015 

A 10-year plan for the Aucilla WMA will be presented at a public hearing beginning at 7 p.m. May 12 at the Jefferson County Courthouse Annex. The public is invited to attend, ask questions and comment.  

FWC moves forward with comprehensive draft bear management rules

April 15, 2015 

FWC Commissioners have approved several proposed bear-related rules that will be presented for final action in June. The draft rules address a wide variety of tools to manage bear populations and help reduce human-bear conflicts. 

FWC removal efforts target Nile monitors; public can help

April 09, 2015 

The FWC is on the lookout for Nile monitor lizards in Palm Beach County and is increasing efforts to locate and remove them. You can help by photograpingh and reporting any Nile monitor sightings; reports can greatly assist wildlife managers in directing removal efforts. 

Discover the wild side of the woods

April 09, 2015 

If you’ve ever wanted to explore the woods with a guide, your golden opportunity is Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the 18th annual “Welcome to the Woods” event at Seminole Forest Wildlife Management Area in Lake County. 

Alligators, crocodiles get active this time of year

April 09, 2015 

The FWC recommends keeping pets away from the water. There are other precautionary measures people should take to reduce the chances of conflicts with alligators and crocodiles and brochures are available at MyFWC.com/Alligator and MyFWC.com/Crocodile. 

Exotic Pet Amnesty Day set for April 11 in Melbourne

April 07, 2015 

An Exotic Pet Amnesty Day for Brevard County will be held April 11 at Wickham Park Pavilion. The public is invited to surrender any exotic animals they have been keeping as pets – no penalties and no questions asked. 

All turtles are not equal; the gopher tortoise lives on land so don’t ‘help’ it into water

April 03, 2015 

Gopher tortoises often nest in dunes adjacent to sea turtle nesting beaches. Make sure you don't mistake them for sea turtles and "help" nestlings into the sea, since gopher tortoises do not swim well and easily drown. 

Springtime brings close encounters of manatees, boaters

April 01, 2015 

Boaters can enjoy opportunities to observe one of Florida’s unique species but to avoid colliding with manatees, people on the water should take basic steps such as slowing down, watching out for the animals and complying with regulations in manatee zones. 

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