Thursday, February 7, 2013
The Florida Python Challenge ends Feb. 10. At this point, more than 800 registered hunters have caught 50 snakes.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says 50 pythons have been nabbed by hunters so far during the monthlong Florida Python Challenge. The challenge ends Feb. 10. The pythons are being processed and logged by the University of Florida. “The 2013 Python Challenge is an unprecedented effort to focus public interest, support and direct involvement to help deal with Burmese pythons,” said FWC chairman Kenneth Wright. “The FWC is pleased that so many people are joining this earnest effort to limit the impact of this invasive species on Florida’s diverse native wildlife. Floridians and people from all across the United States truly care about the Florida Everglades, and they are clearly eager to help us better understand and …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is reminding Floridians and visitors to be cautious when in and around the water because of increased alligator activity.
Now that our weather is heating up, alligators are becoming more active, increasing the chance of alligator sightings and encounters. Just last weekend, a 12-foot long alligator was killed after wandering onto I-275 in St. Petersburg according to Temple Terrace Patch. In April, Brandon Patch Editor Linda Chion Kennedy snapped photos of an alligator that wandered onto Hillsborough Community College's satellite campus at The Regent. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is reminding everyone to be cautious while in the water and around the water because of the increased alligator activity this time of the year. FWC Alligator Safety Tips More helpful information-
Thursday, April 12, 2012
The injured cat bit a woman attempting to help it along U.S. 301 near Symmes Road on Thursday morning, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Thursday, April 12, 2012
An injured bobcat attacked a woman attempting to come to its aid in Riverview on Thursday morning, the Tampa Bay Times reports. The incident happened on U.S. 301 near Symmes Road shortly after 8 a.m., the Times reports. According to a spokesperson from the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, several passersby pulled over to help the animal. It had apparently been hit by a car and was in distress. In her attempt to help the 20- to 25-pound feline, the woman threw a towel over it and was subsequently scratched and bitten. Though only defending itself, the animal will be euthanised and tested for rabies, according to Marti Ryan of Hillsborough County Animal Services. Bobcats are a common species in Florida, FWC spokesperson Gary Morse …
Sunday, July 10, 2011
The FWC accepted biologists' recommendation to close the recreational harvest of snook until Aug. 31, 2012, because of the 2009-10 winter freezes that hacked snook populations.
Gulf Coast and Everglades anglers won’t be filleting snook for supper for a while thanks the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's decision to close snook season through August of 2012. Snook season will re-open on the East Coast this Sept. 1 as scheduled. As snook recover from freeze the past two winters, the FWC is trying to protect the species, which biologists have said was hit harder by the freezes on the Gulf Coast than on the Atlantic side. The Snook Foundation estimated a half-million snook were killed statewide in early 2010. Still, some area captains say snook populations are in good shape considering the wipe-out, as decent numbers of big snook have been reported in the passes and off the beaches, as well as in …
Monday, April 25, 2011
The FWC announced saltwater fishing licenses will not be required during two weekends in June — including Father's Day weekend.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on April 19 announced at a Florida Cabinet meeting in Panama City anglers will not be required to have saltwater fishing licenses during twoweekends in June. With support of the Cabinet and Gov. Rick Scott, the license will not be required statewide the weekend of June 4-5 — the first weekend of the opening of red snapper season in the Gulf — and the weekend of June 18-19, which is Father's Day weekend. It is an apparent attempt to jolt the economy in a state where fishing generates $5.4 billion annually. “Florida's beaches and waters are beautiful, pristine and ready for visitors to enjoy, whether you are here for business or a family vacation," Scott stated in an FWC press release. “I…