Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission

May 26, 2014: An FWC truck removes a boat involved in a crash off of Elliott Key.  (Source: CBS4)

Boating Collision Near Elliott Key Leaves One Dead, Two Injured

A day of boating turned deadly Sunday after one boat crashed into an anchored vessel near Elliott Key.

05/26/2014

(Source: CBS4)

Captain Finds Body Floating Near Haulover Inlet

Police say the body of a man found floating near Bal Harbor on Sunday appears to have been in the water for some time.

04/20/2014

A male panther, about 4 years old, was sedated and tagged (pictured here). A few weeks later the panther was found dead. (Courtesy: Mark Lotz, FWC)

Panther Found Dead In Broward Believed To Be Hit By Car

The remains of what appears to be a four-year-old Florida panther is being sent off to Gainesville where a necropsy will be performed to determine the cause of death—but it appears the endangered panther was hit by a car or truck.

03/19/2014

Miami residents charged with a marine violation. (Source: Monroe County Sheriff's Office)

Traffic Stop In The Keys Turns Into Marine Violation For 3 Miami Residents

What started as a regular traffic stop turned into marine violation after police found dozens of fish—some illegal—inside the cooler of a Miami man’s car.

03/17/2014

A 2-year-old Florida panther is released into the wild by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) on April 3, 2013 in West Palm Beach, Florida.  The panther and its sister had been raised at the White Oak Conservation Center since they were 5 months old. The FWC rescued the two panthers as kittens in September 2011 in northern Collier County after their mother was found dead. The panther is healthy and has grown to a size that should prepare him for life in the wild.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

First Panther Death Of 2014 Reported

Just two days into the New Year, wildlife officials are reporting the first death of an endangered Florida panther.

01/02/2014

This 10-foot long African Python killed a 60-pound husky in SW Miami-Dade County on August 30. (Source: Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission)

New South Fla. Threat: Invasive Rock Pythons

State biologists are concerned about another species of python, establishing itself in Florida. The African rock python is considered more aggressive than the Burmese pythons and can grow to 16 feet.

12/20/2013

Boats search for body in Biscayne Bay

FWC Encouraging Tubing Safety

Living in South Florida, where summer temperatures are almost a year-round occurrence, water activities like tubing are a popular past time. But while fun, tubing can be dangerous.

09/19/2013

(Source: AP) Key deer

Fish And Wildlife Commission Bans Deer Importation

There is a new ban set in place by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission that prohibits the importation of deer from other states and countries, a move intended to protect the deer from a deadly mad cow-like disease.

09/06/2013

Ron Bergeron stands in chest-high water in the flooded Everglades (Source: CBS4)

Record Rainfall Could Threaten Everglades Wildlife

The Everglades, one of the world’s most unique and complex ecosystems, has had its fair share of droughts over the years. But after this year’s early-season record rainfall, there is a surplus of water that officials say could potentially drown wildlife.

07/31/2013

Heavy rain created high-water conditions in portions of the Everglades. (Source: CBS4)

Everglades High Water Causing Animals Stress, Public Restrictions

South Florida’s relentless rain is causing the water to rise in the Florida Everglades and the water has risen so high, restrictions are being put in place at three Everglades Wildlife Management Areas.

07/18/2013

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