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Lawmakers Look To Curb Bear, Gator Feeding

As the state tries to reduce dangerous interactions between bears and humans, lawmakers have given final approval to a bill that would change the penalties for feeding wildlife.

04/27/2015

DJ Laz (Source: CBS4)

Victim’s Mother Reacts To Charges Dropped Against DJ Laz

The mother of 23-year-old Ernesto Hernandez is preparing to face the first anniversary of his death in a boating accident.

04/24/2015

DJ Laz (Source: CBS4)

No Charges For DJ Laz In Fatal Boating Accident

Lazaro “DJ Laz” Mendez – a popular Miami radio personality – will not be charged by prosecutors for his involvement in Key Biscayne boating accident that killed a man, according to his attorney.

04/23/2015

(Source: FWC)

Scientist: Florida Python Hunt Didn’t Help Control Threat

On Monday, a scientist announced that data from the first Python Challenge in 2013 didn’t do much to curb the invasive Burmese pythons in the Everglades. This is bad news as Florida is on the verge of another hunt.

04/20/2015

Florida Governor Rick Scott attends a road expansion event at the Casa Maiz restaurant as he fields questions from reporters about climate change on March 9, 2015 in Hialeah, Florida. Recent reports indicate that the Florida governor allegedly issued orders for certain state agencies to not to use the term 'climate change' or 'global warming' in any official communications, emails, or reports. (Source: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

DEP Leader Says It: ‘Climate Change’

Disputing reports that state agencies are prohibited from using the words “climate change,” top environmental official Jonathan Steverson repeatedly uttered the phrase during a confirmation hearing Wednesday.

04/15/2015

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Wildlife Officials Support Black Bear Hunts

Black bears are closer to being placed on the state’s wildlife hunting calendar for the first time in more than 20 years.

04/15/2015

(Source: Tim Donovan/FWC)

Panther Found Dead, Struck By Car In SW Florida

For the 10th time this year, a panther has been struck and killed by a car.

04/13/2015

WEST PALM BEACH, FL - JULY 11:  Jennifer Ketterlin Eckles, Florida Fisheries and Wildlife Biological Scientist, sets a trap for a Nile monitor lizard along a canal on July 11, 2011 in West Palm Beach, Florida.  Sightings of monitor lizards in Broward and Palm Beach counties have increased this summer, prompting biologists with the Exotic Species Coordination Section of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and others to begin surveying and trapping efforts. Nile monitors are large, predatory lizards native to Africa. This species nests around water, and the FWC is concerned about potential predation in bird rookeries.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Florida Increases Patrols For Exotic Nile Monitor Lizards

Florida wildlife officials are upping their control of another exotic reptile that is wreaking havoc on wildlife in the area.

04/11/2015

Florida Black Bear.  (Source: http://myfwc.com/education/educators/black-bear-education/)

Florida Targets October For Bear Hunt

The state this October would open its first black-bear hunting season in two decades, under a set of rules that will be reviewed next week.

04/06/2015

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - DECEMBER 07: A Gopher Tortoise crawls near the Space Shuttle Atlantis at the Kennedy Space Center December 7, 2007 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. NASA continues to evaluate sensor issues. Atlantis is re-scheduled to launch tomorrow December 8, 2007 for a mission to the International Space Station.  (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)

FWC: Stop Putting Gopher Tortoises In Water

Wildlife officials want to remind residents and visitors that not all turtles can swim.

04/03/2015

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