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FWC discusses strategic priorities for panther conservation

June 23, 2015 

The draft paper presented at the meeting calls for focusing strong conservation efforts on the panther’s core range in south Florida, effective ways to address human-panther conflicts, and building support among private landowners whose properties provide essential panther habitat. 

Important facts you need to know about black bear conservation in Florida

June 22, 2015 

Numerous recent articles and editorials have addressed the FWC's bear management program. Much of the writing has focused on the proposal to reinstate limited bear hunting in Florida. FWC staff and Commissioners welcome and respect the diversity of opinions, questions and input regarding this proposal, but some of the writing has including false or misleading information. I offer this document to provide a factual perspective on FWC's comprehensive approach to bear management and the proposed bear hunting season. 

FWC law enforcement officers to help stop boating under the influence during Operation Dry Water

June 22, 2015 

June 26-28, law enforcement agencies nationwide will be out looking for boaters operating under the influence and removing them from the water. The annual three-day campaign, Operation Dry Water, focuses on deterring boaters from boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  

Free bowhunting education course offered in Miami-Dade County

June 22, 2015 

People interested in attending this course may register online and obtain information about future hunter safety classes at MyFWC.com/HunterSafety or by calling the FWC’s South Region Office at 561-625-5122. 

Changes to the spiny lobster commercial dive endorsement effective July 1

June 19, 2015 

These changes will provide new opportunities to enter the lobster commercial dive fishery while maintaining traditional participation levels. Allowing endorsements to be transferred will also prevent the commercial spiny lobster dive industry from eventually being phased out. 

Changes to the commercial restricted species endorsement effective July 1

June 19, 2015 

A restricted species endorsement allows commercially licensed fishermen to harvest and sell certain species. 

Cattail treatment scheduled for South Lake

June 18, 2015 

The FWC will treat cattails in South Lake in northern Brevard County during the week of June 22, weather permitting. The FWC’s Invasive Plant Management Section will treat 300 acres of cattails by helicopter. 

Help plan the future of Dinner Island Ranch Wildlife Management Area

June 18, 2015 

A 10-year plan for the Dinner Island Ranch Wildlife Management Area will be presented at a Tuesday, June 30, public hearing in Hendry County. People are invited to the 7 p.m. public hearing at the John Boy Auditorium, 1200 South W.C. Owen Ave. in Clewiston.  

Free hunter safety course offered in Jefferson County

June 18, 2015 

The course takes place at Beau Turner Youth Conservation Center, 9194 S. Jefferson Highway, Monticello. Instruction is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, June 27. The range portion of the class will be June 28 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the same location. Students must be present both days in order to complete the course. 

FWC seeking observations of native reptiles, amphibians in the Florida Keys

June 17, 2015 

People submitting sightings can include photos on the reporting Web page, which contains photos to help identify the target reptile species, and FWC scientists will identify submitted photos of unknown reptile and amphibian species. For the next year, researchers will also be conducting a pilot project in the Keys, testing effective survey methods and collecting distributional information and genetic samples.  

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