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Florida’s spiny lobster season will shut down in about a week.


Florida wildlife officials are continuing to look into new ways to help target an invasive species plaguing state waterways. They’ve started the lionfish state records program.

PETA Criticizes Python Challenge

Jan 6, 2016

Since 2013, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission has involved the public in fighting the invasive Burmese python. But the animal rights group PETA is criticizing the effort.

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Wildlife attacks on pets and livestock are on the rise in Florida. State wildlife officials are reminding residents and visitors to take some extra precautions.

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State wildlife officials are kicking off the 2016 Python Challenge to remove the invasive species from the Everglades next month. But, ahead of the month-long competition, they’re promoting a virtual contest that’s already underway.

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Following a successful breeding program in the 1990s, Florida panther populations are recovering from historic lows. But with more cats, come more complications.

Florida Animal Rights Advocates are offering a reward for information about a number of sea birds killed on Neptune beach.

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November is Manatee Awareness Month, and Florida wildlife officials want boaters to be aware of manatees on the move during their migration period.

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Thursday marked the start of stone crab claw harvest season for recreational and commercial use in state and federal waters.

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State wildlife officials are encouraging divers to use certain devices to signal they’re scuba diving or snorkeling.

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State wildlife officials want fishing enthusiasts to know about the hazards of a certain fishing line that could injure and even cause the death of Florida wildlife.

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Florida Wildlife officials say the Florida panther population is growing. The Fish and Wildlife Conservation is looking for new ways to better track the state’s official animal.


Florida wildlife officials want more people to sign up for their “Reef Rangers” program. It builds on the ongoing efforts to remove the invasive lionfish species from state waters.

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This week is National Safe Boating Week, and Florida wildlife officials are highlighting the week to ensure boaters put safety first and wear a life jacket.

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Florida wildlife officials are trying to make it easier for local recreation anglers to catch fish in a Bay County lake.

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Florida Fish and Wildlife officials are moving forward with a plan to open a bear hunting season for the first time in more than 20 years. That’s thanks, in part, to an increase in human-bear interactions.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission Chairman Richard Corbett says conflicts between humans and bears have become serious and dangerous.

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is trying to determine the popularity of reef fishing. The move is in response to a request from fishermen for a better idea of what’s happening in the water.


An app unveiled by Florida Wildlife officials months ago to combat invasive lionfish has received some upgrades.

“Report Florida Lionfish” app

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Amanda Nalley says the “Report Florida Lionfish” app has been doing pretty well with thousands of downloads since its May launch. And, she says the users’ experience has now improved.

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Governor Rick Scott has chosen a new permanent leader for the Florida Department of Corrections. And, some are calling Scott’s fourth pick for prison chief “a good fit.”

On Wednesday, Scott announced Julie Jones, the former head of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, will lead the state’s troubled prison system.

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Florida Wildlife officials are taking a new step to encourage lionfish removal and help control the invasive species. The new rule took effect Wednesday.

In August, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission banned the importation of lionfish for use in the aquarium trade. But, spokeswoman Amanda Nalley says there may be gap in that rule.

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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.

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is looking for homes for exotic pets. Regan McCarthy reports it’s part of an effort to keep non-native species out of the environment.

Some of the animals available for adoption include lemurs, prairie dogs and pythons. Exotic Pet Amnesty Program Coordinator Liz Barraco says the animals all come from owners who’ve surrendered them.


Florida wildlife officials are thanking the public for helping them combat lionfish by downloading the Florida Lionfish-reporting app. It’s a way for residents to share sightings of the invasive species on the go.

Since its May release, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Spokeswoman Amanda Nalley says her agency’s lionfish-reporting app has been a success.

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is releasing a new black bear curriculum and officials say it fits right into the state’s new education standards. The program aims at teaching kids about black bears while pairing that with math, science and reading lessons.

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Florida wildlife officials are inviting Franklin county residents to take part in an informal workshop to learn more about combatting the invasive lionfish species currently threatening native wildlife. The Thursday event is part of the SciCafé series.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is partnering with the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve to put on the SciCafé workshop.