Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

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    October 15, 2014

    Florida Stone Crab Season Starts Today: Catch Your Own, or Get Crabby at One of These Restaurants

    Wednesday, October 15, marks the start of Florida's stone crab harvesting season. More important -- and for stone crab lovers across the state -- it's also the day Joe's Stone Crab reopens after its summer hiatus to celebrate its 101st year in Miami Beach. For the next seven months, it will be one ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    Florida Panther's Return Spells Doom for Gladesmen

    Jack Laban swears a cat was out here raising hell just this morning. Mosquitoes slurp blood through the 94-year-old shirtless Gladesman's baggy skin as he hobbles across a landfill of empty Pepsi cans and settles into a folding chair. The former Miami plumber with a full head of white hair uses a ro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    More Burmese Pythons Are Being Born Throughout Florida

    It looks like our long statewide nightmare of having giant snakes roaming the wilderness and eating everything is far from over. According to the folks over at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, more and more Burmese python eggs are hatching in Southwest Florida. And while the conservancy is no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2014

    Florida's 2014 Scallop Season Starts Early

    Scallop season usually begins on the first of July and runs through September 24 and has done so for a very long time. This past May, Gov. Rick Scott asked the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to expand the harvest by three days in an effort to boost the economies of the scall ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    BSO Conducting DUI Checks in South Broward This Weekend

    The Broward Sheriff's Office DUI Task Force will be out task-forcing Memorial Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, along with the Fort Lauderdale Police Department and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. BSO will have a Breath Alcohol Testing unit located along U.S. 1 and Southeast ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    State Limits Harvest of Sea Cucumbers, Booger-Like Food and Alleged Aphrodisiac

    Eric Lee runs Florida's sole sea cucumber harvesting plant in Ramrod Key. But now his business is pretty much set to fail. Back in February, we wrote about the state's clamoring to place limits on the amount of sea cucumbers that could be collected at one time. The reason? People in Asia have a folk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2014

    Nile Crocodile Captured in Everglades, Criminal Investigation Opens

    After a two-year hunt with no success, dangerous man-eating Nile crocodile was captured alive in Florida's Everglades National Park this past weekend. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says two other crocs were captured in 2009 and 2012 in the same area where this one was captur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2014

    Baby Florida Panther Near Death Rescued by Researchers

    And now for the most awwwwwwww look it the little baby! news item you'll read pretty much for the rest of your life. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced that biologists working at the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge found and rescued a panther kitten that was ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2014

    Florida Teen Who Hid Shark in Bushes Has Charges Dropped

    Last week, we told you about the Pompano Beach teen who hooked a protected sandbar shark at the Pompano Beach Pier and then tried to hide it in the bushes so he wouldn't get in trouble. But, thanks to the power of science and looking at things, it appears that the charges against the teen have now ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2014

    Florida Teen Tries to Hide Shark He Caught Off Pier, Cops Say

    Oh, teenagers. They love to hide things to not get into trouble. They try to get away with things like not picking up their dirty socks by brushing them under the bed, or shoving their nudie mags under their pillows so Mom doesn't see it, or hiding a shark they caught in some bushes. You know, s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2014

    Goliath Grouper: Scientists Fear for Survival of Huge Fish If Fishing Ban Is Lifted

    A Florida saltwater fish of legendary proportions, growing to weights of nearly 800 pounds, the goliath grouper was hunted to within range of extinction in the 1980s. A ban on its capture was enacted in 1990, and its population has begun to recover. But the goliath is under threat again, environme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2014

    Escaped Lion on the Prowl in the Tampa Area

    If you live in the Tampa area, you may not want to answer your door if someone rings the bell and says it's a candygram for you. Because it actually very well may be a lion. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office is saying that a lion has escaped the Survival Outreach Sanctuary in Spring Hill and is cur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2013

    Florida Man Stuffs Buddy In Trunk to Sneak Him Out of Work for Drinks

    So a man who was pulled over during a routine DUI checkpoint in Hollywood on Christmas eve apparently had a body in the trunk of his car. The body belonged to a buddy of his. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers were performing a sobriety test on the man after pulling him over ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2013

    $12,000 Reward for Info on Who Shot Endangered Panther

    What is wrong with people? Some mysterious sadist in the Keys is going around slashing the mouths of poor pelicans, and earlier this month, someone shot an 18-month-old female endangered Florida panther in the Big Cypress National Preserve. Yesterday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    Florida Woman Chased by Bear While Walking Her Dog

    A woman says she was chased by a bear while walking her dog Tuesday night. The chase happened around 8:15 p.m. in Longwood, a suburban area in Orlando, when Stefani McCoy says she spotted a bear wandering around a neighbor's yard. She also spotted two cubs in a tree nearby. McCoy told WKMG in Or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2013

    Rescue Attempts Continue For Short-Finned Pilot Whales That Stranded Themselves at Everglades National Park

    Marine officials are scrambling to rescue the 41 short-finned pilot whales that have stranded themselves in Florida's Everglades National Park on Sunday. Experts from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, took 15 boats and 31 voluntee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2013

    Florida Man Shoots Home Intruder That Also Happened to Be an Alligator

    A Marion County man was awakened by the sounds of thumping and banging at 4 in the morning outside his back porch on Tuesday. So he grabbed his .357-caliber Magnum to confront the intruder and protect his home. He shouted to the would-be burglar that he was armed and unafraid to fire. But the intr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2013

    Group Taking Unwanted Exotic Pets, No Questions Asked

    Coral Springs is holding an Exotic Pets Amnesty Day on Saturday during which people can bring over weird animals not native to Florida and drop them off. Why? Well, because Florida has an invasive-species problem. There's lionfish, pythons, dog-killing pythons, giant snails, a weird exotic lizard ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2013

    Alligator That Bit Florida Teen's Head Is Trapped and Killed

    Yesterday we told you about a Seminole County teen who was bitten on the head by an alligator while he and his friends frolicked in the local swimming hole. The teen kicked something he thought was a log, which ended up being an alligator. Not liking to be kicked, the gator bit the teen in the head. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    Two Teens Seriously Injured After Slamming Into Building When Their Parasail Detaches

    Two teenage girls were rushed to the hospital after their parasail detached and sent them slamming into a nearby condominium. According to reports, the parasail the two girls were riding on detached from the boat that had been pulling them on Monday afternoon. The girls spun and crashed into a 13 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2013

    For First Time, Florida Panther Released Into Palm Beach County

    For the first time, an endangered Florida Panther has been released into Palm Beach County. Not to worry. The wild cat won't be roaming the strip malls or come knocking on your door looking to borrow a cup of sugar. The 120-pound panther was released into the Rotenberger Wildlife Management Area, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2013

    Catch a Lionfish, Get a Shirt in New Contest

    Lionfish are beautiful. They're also taking over Florida waters. These nonnative, invasive fish are aggressive and prey on native saltwater species. They also compete for food with some of our local food species, like grouper and snapper.Luckily, lionfish are also very tasty, though parts of the fis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    Grizzly Bear On The Loose In Florida (UPDATED)

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have been on the lookout for an escaped grizzly bear in Naples. The 125-pounder named Booboo, apparently escaped from a private ranch near Naples in the Golden Gate Estates area on Tuesday. Which means this little guy's been hanging around, go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2013

    Lionfish Are Spreading Through Florida Waters

    It's official. The lionfish have arrived. While fishing off the Naples shoreline, an angler snagged a 16-pounder last week. The fish originally made its first appearance in the waters off the Florida Keys in 2009. Now, it appears to be spreading. Native to the Indian and Pacific oceans, lionfis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2012

    FWC Says Giant Eyeball Belonged to a Swordfish

    Bigeye thresher shark? Nope. Squid? Nope. Paul Ryan? Most definitely not. The freakishly beautiful giant eyeball found on Pompano Beach last week belongs to a swordfish, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. See also-Giant "Mystery" Eyeball Discovere ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    Giant "Mystery" Eyeball Discovered in Pompano Beach; FWC Investigates

    What in the hell is going in Broward County these days? First a guy dies from eating too many bugs, then this thing washes up in Pompano Beach.The above picture is of a giant eyeball that a Pompano Beach resident discovered and turned over to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2012

    Alligator That Bit Off Elderly Woman's Arm Has Been Killed

    Yesterday we told you about 84-year-old Carol Hough being found bleeding in a Lake County canal from an apparent alligator attack. We also told you the alligator ripped her arm off. BECAUSE IF ARMS GET RIPPED OFF FROM TORSOS, IT LEADS ... er something. Anyway, that alligator should've thought twic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2012

    Alligator Rips Elderly Woman's Arm Off

    An 84-year old woman, whose name has not yet been released, was airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center after she was found bleeding in a canal from an apparent alligator attack, according to the Lake County Sheriff's Office. The alligator apparently ripped her arm off in the attack. A man f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2012

    Florida Man Almost Cooked and Ate Endangered Sea Turtle

    A Tampa fisherman caught himself a turtle a few months ago, put it in a fresh-water tank, and kept it in his backyard. But his intent wasn't so much to make the little guy a pet but to totally make him into soup. Turns out, the guy caught a Kemp's ridley sea turtle, which happens to be a rare and e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2012

    Dan Rather Jumps Into The Everglades' Burmese Python Problem (VIDEO)

    See also "Feds Likely To Face Legal Battle Over Python Ban" and "JAVMA Probes Whether Burmese Pythons Are Mere Hype or Destructive Force"Want to see a guy get bit by a relatively huge and very pissed off Burmese python? Then keep reading because esteemed broadcast journalist Dan Rather has you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    Sixteenth Dead Panther of 2012 Killed By Cat-on-Cat Aggression

    See also "Urban Sprawl Kills Endangered Florida Panthers"The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission this week recovered a "heavily scavenged" panther carcass, marking the sixteenth dead panther recorded by state officials this year. The endangered predator was found on a pi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    Florida Fish and Wildlife Declares Open Season on Lionfish

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) recently announced changes to the harvesting on lionfish. Namely, that you no longer need a fishing license to catch one (when wearing certain gear). Which means you're totally screwed, lionfish!Now before you go thinking this is some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2012

    JAVMA Probes Whether Burmese Pythons Are Mere Hype or Slithering Destructive Force

    ​Despite the string of national headlines, television specials, a federal ban, and grotesque photographs, it's becoming increasingly unclear whether Burmese pythons are permanently wrecking the Everglades or if they're just an overhyped nuisance. Earlier this year, scientists r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2011

    South Florida Alligator Trappers Wanted, Only Need an Email Address and No Criminal History

    Jobs, people, jobs.​Who says there aren't any jobs out there?If you've got an email address and have managed to avoid being arrested, you can get a job in Palm Beach County (or Martin County) now.All you have to do is capture some alligators.

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2011

    Reminder From Broward County: Don't Mow Over Sea Cows

    snuzzy.comDon't run over manatees with your spaceship either.​Due to new rules from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the impending manatee season in Broward County, the Natural Resources Planning and Management Division would like to remind you not to slice up sea cows wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    Wildlife Officers Find Felon With a Gun, as Well as a Few Bags Containing 260 Baby Alligators

    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation CommissionThat, ladies and gentlemen, is a sack of alligators.​Here's what Robert "Bo" Martin Duval and Christopher Cork Scroggins found out a few days ago: Having a sack full o' baby alligators is a felony.According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    Florida Panther Population Up to a Whopping 160; Everything Is Wonderful Now

    ​Hunters and environmentalists are clashing over a plan that would open the last unhunted section of Big Cypress National Preserve in the Everglades to hunting. Opponents argue that a man-made reduction in the white-tailed deer population would reduce a primary food source for the region's dwindli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    Alligators Paying Visits to South Florida Neighborhoods

    Alligators: Bad for neighborhoods, great for rasslin'.​Another day, another gator.For the second time this week, an alligator paid a visit to a South Florida neighborhood, according to a WSVN report.Early this morning, people living in a Plantation neighborhood near Sunrise Boulevard and Flamingo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Florida Wildlife Commission: Be on the Lookout for Freak Seven-Foot Lizards

    U.S. Geological SurveyThis is a Nile Monitor lizard, which you should not wrestle​If you see a seven-foot lizard in your Broward or Palm Beach residence, that's a problem, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.Nile Monitor lizards, native to Africa, have been popping u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Hideous Giant Squid Found Off the Coast of Jensen Beach​Ever wonder what a 23-foot-long disgusting giant squid looks like?Absolutely repulsive is what it looks like.We got a hold of a photo from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, taken somewhere between the discovery of the squid off the coast of Jensen Beach, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    7-Foot Burmese Python Escapes in West Palm Beach

    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation CommissionThe 7-foot snake that was slithering around West Palm Beach​The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission isn't too happy with David T. Beckett after they say his 7-foot Burmese python escaped its enclosure and began wandering around res ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2011

    Burmese Pythons Not Going Anywhere

    Courtesy, AP/Everglades Nat'l Park​At left, you'll find the single most interesting picture taken in Florida in the last five years. (Other than this one, I mean.) Pictured is a 13-foot Burmese Python which has bitten off more than it can chew -- except the python has dispensed with the biting, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2010

    Chillax, Bird-Watchers! Those Dead Shearwaters Are Not BP's Fault.

    Flickr: Callocephalon PhotographyThis is what a shearwater looks like when it's alive.​For those fretting about the effect of the Gulf spill on seabirds, fret not for the greater shearwaters. Yes, some 35 of those majestic birds have been found dead along the South Florida coast, from Delray to C ... More >>

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    January 19, 2010

    Record Number of Florida Panthers Killed By Vehicles Last Year

    flickr.comA panther photographed in Palm Beach county last year.​One of the latest came at the end of December, on I-75 in western Broward county. It was a 110-pound male, crossing the highway around 1 a.m. Last year, 17 Florida panthers were killed by vehicles, according to the Florida Fish and W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2009

    Whacking Day Comes to South Florida

     The day is upon us. Yes, every Simpsons fan knows Whacking Day started in 1924 as an excuse to beat up the Irish. And yes, technically Texas has had organized snake whacking for years. But now Florida's bravest most cunning snake-hatingest citizens will descend upon the swamps of this state ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2009

    Wild Iguana Catchers/Eaters Welcome in Florida

    Alexander Rust and Vanessa Palm should have vacationed in South Florida instead of the Bahamas. The pair of 20-something Midwesterners were arrested over the weekend for catching, then grilling and consuming, an endangered iguana in the Exuma Cays. Here in Florida, thou ... More >>

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    December 27, 2007

    Duck, Duck, Shoot

    Petite and badass, she keeps hunters in her sights

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    June 14, 2001

    Slaughter Alley

    Big, dead cats in the middle of the road -- lots of them

  • Sports and Recreation

    May 17, 2001

    Best Hunting

    J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area

  • Sports and Recreation

    May 11, 2000

    Best Hunting

    West of U.S. Highway 27

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