June 25, 2015
David Telesco, FWC bear management program coordinator has received the Chairman Rodney Barreto Employee of the Year Award for his outstanding leadership when dealing with a succession of bear attacks and initiating additional efforts to prevent such attacks. FWC Commissioners presented Telesco with the award at their meeting June 25 in Sarasota.
June 24, 2015
FWC Commissioners approved several bear-related rules that address a wide variety of tools to manage bears.
June 24, 2015
Florida’s Imperiled Species Management Plan, a combination of species-specific actions and broader conservation strategies, is being updated to reflect both new scientific knowledge and significant input from the public.
June 24, 2015
To develop the proposed manatee zones, the FWC worked closely with Pinellas County, local municipalities, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and a local rule review committee. The measures will provide important protection for manatees while having limited impacts on local businesses and boaters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 16, 2015
The Commission will meet June 23-25 in the Hyatt Regency, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota. All sessions are open to members of the public who want to attend. The half-day session Tuesday, June 23, starts at 1:30 p.m. The sessions on Wednesday and Thursday start at 8:30 a.m.
June 15, 2015
Grant Wilson of Big Pine Key was arrested June 13, for killing a Key deer. Wilson shot the deer with a pellet gun and hid the carcass in mangroves just outside of his property.