Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

FWC Flickr

Last year was one of the deadliest for the Florida panther. Wildlife experts say there will likely not be as many fatalities this year, but Florida drivers should still take several precautions. 

Tim Donovan / FWC's Flickr

This week is National Safe Boating Week, and with Florida wildlife officials expecting increased turnout on the water for the Memorial Day weekend, they’re hoping boaters will wear life jackets.

Tim Donovan / FWC's Flickr

This Saturday is not only Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day, it’s also the kick off for Florida’s Lionfish Challenge—an incentive program to encourage people to remove the nonnative species. State wildlife officials are doing a bit of a revamp this year.

Karen Parker / FWC's Flickr

To lower the potential spread of disease, state wildlife officials want Florida residents to keep their bird feeders clean. They’re already getting multiple reports about sick or dead songbirds of a certain species in the North Florida area in the last month.

Edward Mercer

Florida wildlife officials are launching a couple new programs to encourage people to help remove Burmese pythons—one of Florida’s nonnative species.

FWC's facebook page

As Easter approaches, Florida wildlife officials want parents to think twice before buying a certain duck—very popular around this time of year.

Dan Ellinor / FWC's Flickr/DMFM

Florida’s spiny lobster season will close next Saturday.

sama093 via flickr / https://www.flickr.com/photos/sama093/

Florida’s invasive species problem can be daunting, with real implications for the state’s ecology and economy. The breadth of the issue is spurring some lawmakers to ask if state funding makes a difference.

FWC's Flickr

A new hunting dog rule approved by Florida wildlife officials is drawing some concerns.

Wildlife managers are hoping the proliferation of cell phone cameras will translate to better protections for the endangered Florida panther.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

When you think of gopher tortoise conservation efforts, what’s the first place that comes to mind? What about a military base? Eglin Air Force Base is partnering with national and state wildlife officials on a massive effort to help relocate hundreds of the threatened species.

Governor Rick Scott's twitter

The Florida Senate’s new budget chair is coming out in support of Governor Rick Scott’s plan to provide pay raises for the state’s law enforcement agencies.

FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute's facebook page

State wildlife officials are reminding Floridians about the extended Gulf red snapper season this month.

Jeff Naylor

Florida wildlife officials are encouraging marine fishers to participate in three Saltwater Angler Recognition programs for prizes. The programs are meant to engage anglers and build on conservation efforts.

Rural areas of Leon County are hot spots for bear encounters, and state and local officials are urging residents to get bear-proof garbage containers.

An independent researcher is confirming the state’s claims about a rebounding Florida black bear population. 

Red Snapper Season Reopens In September

Aug 30, 2016
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is opening up weekends in September and October for recreational red snapper fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. Residents will be able to fish Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting Sept. 2 and on Labor Day. 

Tonya Long / FWC's Flickr

Florida is in the last few months of its sea turtle nesting season. State wildlife officials say during this critical time for the hatchlings, it’s important the public leaves them alone.

FWC Officer Amy Moore and Carol Lyn Parrish / FWC's facebook page

Florida wildlife officials are investigating the illegal painting of another animal. After recent reports about turtles, now officials are seeing the same thing happen to a particular bird.

FWC's facebook page

If you hook a pelican or any other seabird by mistake, Florida wildlife officials want anglers to know it’s important not to cut the line. Craig Faulhaber is the Avian Conservation Coordinator with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. He says to start, it’s better to reel the bird in slowly and evenly.

FWC's Flickr

Florida wildlife officials are asking the public for their help in deciding rules for venomous reptiles.

FWC's Flickr

Florida wildlife officials are kicking off a series of statewide workshops to promote gopher tortoise conservation among local officials. They’ll begin this week in the Panhandle.

FWC's Flickr

Starting in the Panhandle, Florida wildlife officials are holding a few public workshops on the potential designations of Critical Wildlife areas. The goal is to protect vulnerable wildlife—mainly birds—from human disturbances and predators.

FWC's Flickr

An Okaloosa County man is this year’s Boating Officer of the Year in Florida and could soon hold the national title as well.

FWC Screenshot

If you’re on a Florida waterway, you may encounter some manatees that appear to be splashing and cavorting. But, Florida wildlife officials say that’s actually the sea cows breeding and they’re asking the public to give the marine mammals some space.

Pages