Florida wildlife officials preparing to aid manatees after record deaths
After a record number of manatee deaths mostly linked to malnutrition, state and federal wildlife officials hope to double rescue and rehabilitation capacity before the sea cows again congregate in warm waters during the winter.
Woodpecker chicks rescued by JEA lineworkers last year ready to leave roost
When pileated woodpeckers made a home in a utility pole in Atlantic Beach last year, their drilling damaged the pole to the point it had to be replaced. But when lineworkers put in the new pole, they were careful to preserve the home of the woodpeckers, which are a protected species.
Wildlife officials: 20 Florida panthers killed this year
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – At least 20 Florida panthers have died in 2020, a toll that appears to be on track to finish lower than in previous years. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said that almost all of the panther deaths were caused by people. We don’t want to make too much of it yet, but it certainly gets our attention,” Onorato told the newspaper. Florida panthers are the only puma still roaming east of the Mississippi River. Advocates are fighting a proposed toll road expansion, which could bring a new highway near panther habitat.
Utah Man and His Company Indicted for Wildlife Trafficking
Jean-Michel Arrigona, 58, and his company Natur, Inc. in Midvale, Utah, sell wildlife in the forms of art, taxidermy mounts, bones, and skeletons. The indictment alleges that Arrigona imported wildlife into the United States without declaring it to U.S. The Lacey Act is the nation’s oldest wildlife trafficking statute and prohibits, among other things, selling wildlife that had been illegally brought into the country. The Endangered Species Act and federal regulations require importers to declare wildlife when it enters the country. The operation focused on the trafficking of wildlife from Indonesia to the United States.justice.gov
10-foot python removed from under car hood in Florida
DANIA BEACH, Fla. – Authorities say a 10-foot Burmese python was removed from under the hood of a car in Florida. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said in a tweet Thursday that the snake was coiled up inside the engine compartment of a Ford Mustang in Dania Beach, which is adjacent to Fort Lauderdale. “Our officers responded and safely captured and removed the approximately 10-foot invasive snake,” the tweet said. The largest python captured so far in South Florida was more than 18 feet long. It wasn't immediately clear what became of the python found inside the Mustang.
7-foot alligator wanders into Florida garage
After reading this, you might want to go check and make sure your garage door is closed. When you leave your garage open in Florida, you never know what might crawl in. A North Port resident found a 7-foot alligator hiding in their garage alongside the driver’s side of their car, according to the North Port Police Department. According to the police department’s Facebook post, the confused gator was relocated to a nearby canal. See ya later, alligator!
Toadly toxic toads are invading Florida yards: Here’s how to deal with those froggers
Cane toads ooze a milky, toxic substance called bufotoxin, which is deadly to cats and dogs if they bite, sniff or lick the giant toads. The toxin is also dangerous for humans, and people should wear gloves and protective gear when disposing of the toads, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Cane toads are native to South and Central America and first brought to Florida to manage pests in sugar cane fields in the 1930s, according to the University of Florida. Now cane toads are reported in Central and South Florida, usually south of the I-4 corridor. Click on the icons below to see reported cane toad sightings in Florida.