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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.

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

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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
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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

A manatee mating herd at Coquina Beach in Manatee County
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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.

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The Lionfish Removal Challenge is underway, and Florida wildlife officials say so far, thousands of the invasive species have been removed—most from the Panhandle area.

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Florida wildlife officials are continuing to monitor the aftermath of Tropical Storm Colin and its impact on sea turtle nests across the state. The storm destroyed several hundred nests, but officials say Floridians can help.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is considering what would be only the second bear hunt in the Sunshine State in two decades. Meanwhile, opponents across the state are digging in their heels. 


This week is National Safe Boating Week. It kicked off right around the start of Florida’s boating season.

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Florida wildlife officials are their latest lionfish removal effort as a great success.

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Turtle nesting season is underway, and Florida wildlife officials are urging the public to be cautious of the sea creatures during this crucial time.

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Florida wildlife officials are looking to create more sanctuaries across the state to protect vulnerable wildlife from everyday human disturbances during the most critical time in their lives.

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A state lawmaker wants Florida students to be taught about boating safety in schools.

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Florida wildlife officials have unveiled a pilot program in the Florida Panhandle as part of their latest lionfish removal efforts.

The Florida Black Bear
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Florida’s Wildlife Commission will decide in June how to manage future bear hunts. Last year, the state held its first hunt in more than 30 years, with more than 300 bears killed.


Starting Friday, seasonal manatee zones will be in effect. Florida wildlife officials are warning boaters to slow down for the sea cows to avoid injuring them.