Managed Species

Managed Species


Managing Florida's alligator population.


Bald EagleBald Eagle

Florida has one of the densest concentrations of nesting eagles in the lower 48 states, with over 1,000 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:
Black bears may look slow because they walk flat on their feet (called plantigrade) like people and travel with a shuffling gait, but they can run as fast as 30 mph.

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