Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission

Northwest Coast Red Tide Status Map (September 19, 2018)
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Fish kills and Red Tide blooms are being observed in more Florida counties, most recently in Northwest Florida.

FWC Asks The Public To Report Fish Kills

Jun 20, 2017
FWC Flickr

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission wants the public to report all fish kills this summer, when high temperatures and hurricanes threaten Florida’s marine and freshwater wildlife.

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is meeting in Saint Augustine to discuss, among other things, budget requests for the coming year.

Commissioners Push Pause On Bear Hunt

Jun 22, 2016
Daniel Arndt

There won’t be a bear hunt in Florida this year. Last year the state held its first black bear hunt in two decades, but the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted Wednesday to push pause on the controversial program.

The parameters of a proposed second bear hunt in Florida in as many decades are beginning to emerge.

Sunshine Bass

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will put more than 3 million fish into Florida’s waters this year, a good portion of which will be a special hybrid of bass. The agency says the fish is beneficial to both anglers and the environment.

There will be a little more "sunshine" in Florida, as the FWC plans to ship out its special sunshine bass breed next spring.

Fawn in St. Francis Wildlife
Alexandra Fahnlander / WFSU News

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is reminding people not to remove fawns from the wild. The practice is illegal and endangers the life of baby deer.

Theresa Stevenson is an animal rehabilitator at Saint Francis Wildlife Association in Quincy. She says many people bring fawns in. 

"So what we have to do is basically put it back," she says. "We take a lot of time taking healthy fawns back to their moms."

Stevenson explains the well-intentioned move has serious consequences.

Net Ban Fight Rehashed In Appeals Court

May 23, 2014
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A 20-year-long battle between commercial anglers and environmentalists in Florida is once again back in court. State attorneys are trying to reverse a lower court’s decision to repeal the state’s ban on certain types of gill nets.

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Florida’s Python hunt is underway. Wildlife officials are offering cash prizes to encourage hunters to catch and kill as many of the invasive species living in the Everglades as possible. The event has attracted hundreds of amateurs armed with machetes and guns but one animal rights group is concerned.

The group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, worries about using decapitation as one of three legal methods Florida Wildlife Officials have authorized for killing pythons. Lori Kettle with PETA, is calling on the state to ban the practice.