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High water prompts temporary closure of several roads in Apalachicola River WEA

December 31, 2015 

The closure includes all of the Saul Creek Unit, Bloody Unit, and portions of the Quinn and Doyle Creek Tracts. Butcher Pen Landing, Gardner Landing, Bloody Bluff Landing and Van Horn Landing campgrounds on the Franklin County side of the ARWEA are also included in the closure.  

Help plan the future of Spirit-of-the-Wild Wildlife Management Area

December 28, 2015 

A 10-year plan for the Spirit-of-the-Wild WMA will be presented at a public hearing at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 at John Boy Auditorium, 1200 South W.C. Owens Ave., Clewiston.  

FWC seeks information regarding stolen buck in Leon County

December 23, 2015 

The eight-point buck was stolen out of the back of a hunter’s truck in Tallahassee on Dec. 20 in the parking lot of Outback Steakhouse between the hours of 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. while he was away from his vehicle. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline at (888) 404-3922.  

Seasonal grouper closure starts Jan. 1 in Atlantic, Monroe County waters

December 21, 2015 

Several species of grouper will close to recreational and commercial harvest starting Jan. 1 in Florida state waters of the Atlantic, including Monroe County. This seasonal closure includes gag, black, red, yellowmouth, yellowfin and tiger grouper; scamp; red hind; rock hind; coney; and graysby.  

Amberjack, triggerfish reopen to recreational harvest in Gulf waters Jan. 1; amberjack size limit changes Jan. 4

December 21, 2015 

The recreational harvest of greater amberjack and gray triggerfish will reopen to harvest in Gulf state and federal waters Jan. 1 and the greater amberjack size limit will change from 30 inches to 34 inches fork length in Gulf state and federal waters Jan. 4. 

FWC suggests life-saving holiday gifts for boaters

December 18, 2015 

An inflatable life jacket could possibly be the best gift any boater could hope for during the holidays. Add either an Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) or Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) under the tree and you’re assured the boater in your life will be safer on the water. 

Snook Symposium Jan. 13; sign up today

December 14, 2015 

The day-long discussion is open to the public and will focus on snook management and research in Florida, including the results of the soon-to-be released 2015 stock assessment, population recovery following the 2010 cold kill, and opportunities for improving snook management. 

Learn how to catch a python with free hands-on training in Fort Myers, Naples

December 14, 2015 

Visit PythonChallenge.org for more information about 2016 Python Challenge™ registration and training opportunities. You can also learn about Burmese pythons, the unique Everglades ecosystem and details about the 2016 Python Challenge™, including information about registration, competition rules, online contests and more. 

Hydrilla treatment scheduled for lakes Butler, Tibet

December 11, 2015 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will treat hydrilla in portions of Lake Butler and Lake Tibet on Dec. 15, weather permitting.  

FWC commends recently approved Seminole County bear ordinance

December 10, 2015 

The FWC commends Seminole County on its unanimous vote to approve an ordinance that will help deter bears from lingering in Seminole County neighborhoods. The ordinance requires residents to take precautions to remove food attractants such as unsecured garbage, and encourages the use of bear-resistant trash receptacles.  

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