Managed Species

Managed Species


Managing Florida's alligator population.


eagle.pngBald Eagle

Florida has one of the densest concentrations of nesting bald eagles in the lower 48 states, with an estimated 1,500 nesting pairs.




Black bears are large, powerful mammals with rounded ears, short tails, 5-toed feet and large canine teeth.


gopher-tortoiseGopher Tortoise

Gopher tortoises are ancient; their ancestors are a species of land tortoise that originated in western North America some 60 million years ago.



The Florida manatee is a native species found in all parts of the state. Protections for Florida manatees were first enacted in 1893.



Panthers, like most cats, are solitary hunters. They are most active at the same time their prey is likely to be about: dawn and dusk.


Sea turtleSea Turtles

Sea turtles, who are among the oldest creatures on earth, have remained essentially unchanged for 110 million years; however, they face an uncertain future.

FWC Facts:
It is against the law to damage seagrass beds in some areas within state waters. Fines are based on the economic & environmental importance & costs of assessing, repairing damage.

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