U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2014

    Florida Panthers Killed by Vehicles Ties Record, but Officials Say That May Be Good News

    If things remain on pace, 2014 will be the year the most Florida Panthers were killed by a vehicle. In 2012, 19 panthers were found dead from being struck by a car, the most since the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission began keeping track of the numbers. But just last week, a 4-year-old female was ... 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 31, 2014

    Koch-Funded Lawyers Help Boaters Tell Manatees: Drop Dead

    Boys must have fast-moving toys. And they absolutely have to play with them in the water. If any slow-moving marine mammals get murdered or mangled as a what? How many manatees do we need anyway?! Freedom!!! See also: Manatee Body Count: 2013 Shattered All the Records That's the situ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    Humane Society: Ban Pythons, Anacondas, and Boa Constrictors

    Back in 2012, President Obama's Interior Department went forward with a proposal to list nine species of snakes as "injurious" -- legalese that would ban the importation and selling of the animals. But when the announcement was made, only four species were put on the list: the Indian python (includi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2014

    Florida Woman Shoots Turtle, Posts Pic Online, Outrages Internet

    As you'll notice, the turtle posted above has its head intact -- as in, not blown to pieces by some trigger-happy person with a firearm and free time. But if you click through below, you'll see a picture of a less-lucky critter that's currently making the rounds online. So, uh, like NSFW, if you wor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2014

    Florida Men Who Cannonballed Onto Manatees and Posted It on YouTube Sentenced

    Last May, we told you about a couple of Cocoa Beach dudes who decided it would not only be a good idea to cannonball themselves onto a manatee and her calf but also to post it on YouTube. Now, a little over a year later, those manatees are getting justice! The two men, Taylor Blake Martin, and Set ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2014

    Scripps Project at Briger Forest: Enviros File Second Legal Challenge

    Palm Beach Gardens city leaders greenlighted the bulldozers early this month, cheering on the clearing of Briger Forest, the last major tract of undeveloped land along I-95 in Palm Beach County. Jobs! Progress! Townhomes! See also: - Scripps Florida Expansion Faces New Legal Roadblock, Environmenta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2014

    U.S. Fish & Wildlife Sued Over Microscopic Ichetucknee Siltsnail

    In 2011, the Center for Biological Diversity struck a huge legal settlement with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service that meant the agency needed to decide whether to put 757 different animals on the endangered species list. They bragged, using animals that would pull at people's heartstrings, touting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2014

    What Buzzfeed Got Wrong About Fort Lauderdale

    Buzzfeed is to lists what Bob is to barricades. And while the modern media juggernaut has certainly proven its knowledge on topics ranging from fierce llamas to awkward sleeping cats, it -- on occasion -- gets things wrong. Recently, it posted an article called "17 Reasons Why Ft. Lauderdale Is Pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    Alligator Hunt Approved For Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

    As expansion of hunting at wildlife refuges around the nation has gone underway, it looks like Palm Beach County's Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge has approved an alligator hunt as well. Alligators thought they would be safe after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was inundated with over 1,30 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2013

    Hunt Gators in Loxahatchee? Sure, Why Not

    Git yer huntin' guns, boys! Hunting gators in Loxahatchee will soon be a thing. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it's expanding hunting at 26 national wildlife refuges, including Loxahatchee wildlife refuge. Despite an outpouring of emails and letters saying that gator hunting kin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2013

    Scripps Florida Expansion Faces New Legal Roadblock, Environmental Challenge

    Biotech interests' plan to sacrifice Briger Forest on the altar of development met new resistance yesterday as environmental groups filed a notice of violation with federal agencies charged with permitting the plan, Scripps Florida Phase II. The environmentalists charge that the U.S. Fish and Wildl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    Big Cypress Off-Roaders Threatening Endangered Florida Panther, Lawsuit Claims

    For a certain brand of South Florida outdoorsy-type, nothing beats blasting through the great outdoors on a giant off-road vehicle - wind wiping your hair, bug guts painting the windscreen, huge tires below mulching up the turf. But questions about where backwoods cruising should be allowed in Big ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    Manatee Death Toll Has Already Surpassed 2012 Numbers

    Manatees have been dying at a record pace in Florida this year, threatening their overall population. in just the first three months of 2013 alone, the number of sea cow deaths have already surpassed all of 2012. See also: -Manatees Dying Off Both Florida Coasts; Scientists Trying to Figure Ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2013

    Killing Stray Cats With Tylenol Is "Humane," Audubon Writer Says

    Everybody has that neighbor (OK, some of you are that neighbor) whose heart bleeds for all the stray cats in the hood. Cat Lady or Cat Dude leaves paper bowls full of Meow Mix all over the sidewalks, and the scraggly, fiercely independent kitties go tomcatting all over town. You might think you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    Rick Scott Declares March 16 "Save the Florida Panther Day"

    Last year was a record year for Florida Panther deaths (26), which is a bummer. But the good news is that they've been getting it on with hot Texas pumas and making baby panthers. Then, on March 6, Gov. Rick Scott declared that the state would have a "Save the Florida Panther Day." Saturday is th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    Gator Hunt at Loxahatchee Refuge Gets Approval

    As throngs of would-be snake hunters flock to our state in the next 30 days to find and take out some invasive pythons, alligators thought they were in the clear. No so fast, alligators! The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed to allow 11 hunters to enter the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee Natio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2012

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Looks to Clamp Down on Illegal Turtle Trade

    There's a black market for everything, even turtles. Last month, we told you about an extensive sting operation led by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that took down a local yokel who was illegally smuggling turtles to China. It turns out this wasn't a one-off incident. Turtle smuggling ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2012

    Here's How the Feds Busted David Feltenberger for Smuggling Turtles to China

    In October 2011, an undercover officer with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service arrived at David Feltenberger's "Big Lake Fish Farm" in Okeechobee. Feltenberger was sentenced last week for conspiring to export turtles. He had a license to keep hundreds or thousands of softshell turtles, snapping ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2012

    Center for Biological Diversity Demands Protection for Ten Florida Species

    See also "U.S. Fish and Wildlife Faces Lawsuit For Not Protecting Ten Florida Species"The nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity has filed a massive petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service demanding that a total of 53 reptiles and amphibians be granted protection under the Endangered Spe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2012

    Feds Likely To Face Legal Battle Over Burmese Python Ban

    Most of us rejoiced earlier this year when Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar announced a new set of restrictions on the much loathed, much feared, much hyped Burmese python.  But six months after the feds announced a ban on the importation and interstate sale of Burmese pythons and th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Faces Lawsuit For Not Protecting Ten Florida Species

    Ten relatively obscure species found in the Sunshine State have landed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in a legal tussle.The black rail, the Georgia blind salamander, a siltsnail, and the purple skimmer are among the animals that Fish and Wildlife has failed to adequately protect, accor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2012

    Invasive Caribbean Termites or Snakehead "Frakenfish": Which is Grosser?

    It seems every week a new invasive species tearing through Florida makes the headlines. Maybe it's because we're home to some of the busiest ports in the world, maybe it's due to our ostentatious exotic pet owners constantly trying to one up each other, or maybe it's just that the climate here is so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2012

    Precious Red and Pink Corals Need Protection Under CITES

    In last week's cover story, we looked at why reef-building corals are being plundered from the South Pacific and sent to the shores of Florida. But the curio trade isn't the only industry fueling the death of coral. For centuries, jewelry makers have harvested precious red a ... More >>

  • News

    May 3, 2012
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    April 24, 2012

    Nature Conservancy, Surfrider Foundation Hosting Meeting Thursday on Marine Sanctuary Management

    Care about the health of local waters? Got beef with how the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is being managed? Don't want to see the Atlantic turned into a barren, polluted wasteland?Then pay attention to what The Nature Conservancy and the Surfrider Foundation are doing this week. 

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    Save the Turtles: The Misguided, Misinformed, and Misdirected Battle for Hillsboro Lighthouse

    ​​All they wanted was some darkness for the baby sea turtles. But what started out as a simple request for protection of the endangered animals has ballooned into a yearslong battle among local advocates, the U.S. Coast Guard, and numerous agencies in which the original message has been lost in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    Public Has Three More Days to Comment on Possible New Wildlife Refuge

    Coming to a cattle ranch near you.​The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has extended the public comment period for a proposal to turn 150,000 acres of savanna ranch land north of Lake Okeechobee into the "Headwaters of the Everglades National Wildlife Refuge." The acquisition would cost $700 million ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    South Florida Environmental Groups Join Lawsuit Against National Park Service

    Plaintiffs don't want the Everglades to look like this.​Several environmental groups, led by the Washington-based Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, filed a lawsuit last week against the National Park Service, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    South Florida Environmentalists Say Sale of Any Water District Lands Is a Dumb Idea

    U.S. Fish & Wildlife ServiceDear humans, Get off my land. Love, this panther​The South Florida agency charged with securing water -- the stuff that makes your shampoo foamy -- for future generations has been having a tough time lately.Rick Scott and the GOP-led Legislature capped property taxe ... 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

    September 1, 2011

    Tree-Huggers and Gun-Toters Trade Barbs in Meeting on Proposed Everglades Hunting

    Flickr: artur.pedziwilkReady, aim, fire! Deer in Big Cypress.​A room at the Weston Hyatt was split down the middle last night between hunters and environmentalists who offered two-minute commentaries on what action the Park Service should take regarding deer hunting in the 146,000-acre Big Cypress ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    Tea Party Hates Manatees, Says Protecting Them Is "Against the Bible"

    gatewaypundit.comManatees: Work of the devil.​Jesus apparently hated manatees, according to a new Tea Party platform circulating around Florida.Originating from the Citrus County Tea Party Patriots group, teabaggers are crying about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's intent to place restrictions ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    Animal Rights Activists Ask Amerijet to Stop Shipping Monkeys

    One of several injured monkeys photographed at a local research facility earlier this year.​Amerijet, the international cargo shipping corporation headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, is one of the few airlines that still transports research primates, specifically the ones used for controversial vivi ... More >>

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    May 20, 2010
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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

    October 2, 2009

    Six Foot Iguana Lunches on Oakland Park Kid, Panther Gets More Room to Roam

    Some cultures know what to do with a nuisance​A six-foot iguana thought Madison Wells tasted pretty good this week. Sorta like a strawberry, in fact. Little 7-year-old Madison was feeding the beast strawberries when it decided to clamp down on her ankle, tearing up her tendons and requiring a coup ... More >>

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    August 6, 2009

    Brazen Young Panther Killed a Long Way From Home

    Flickr user: doncon402You lookin' for me?​Males. When they're young and brash, trying to mark their territory and impress girls, there's no telling what they'll do. Run off to Georgia, even, and get themselves killed.That's apparently what happened to a Florida panther who was shot and killed by a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2009

    From Plants to Panthers: Endangered Species News

    If you've got somethin' to say about the fragrant prickly-apple or the pygmy fringe-tree, now is your time.  The Fish and Wildlife Service is doing a five-year status review of these endangered species, as well as the Brooksville bellflower, snakeroot, Cooley's water-willow, scrub blazingstar, ... More >>

  • News

    December 20, 2007

    Miguel and the Mouse

    Ain't no fairy tale. A doctoral student aims to save a disappearing breed.

  • News

    April 14, 2005

    Pipe It to Me

    Hold on a Bahamian Minute

  • News

    January 8, 2004


    Yeah, Jeb's boys saved the Miami Blue. But since then, it's been open season on the environment.

  • News

    September 19, 2002

    The Egg Men

    Volunteers spend millions of hours trying to rescue sea turtles. So how come so few people care about busting poachers?

  • News

    September 12, 2002

    Big Cypress Buyout

    Proposed payment of millions to a wealthy clan amounts to nothing more than stealing from taxpayers for the Bush boys' political gain

  • News

    July 18, 2002

    For the Birds

    Should 2700 little sparrows be allowed to hold up the reclaiming of the Everglades?

  • News

    June 14, 2001

    Slaughter Alley

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

  • News

    June 1, 2000

    Take It to the Ribbit

    Old-school frogger Norman Padgett may be the last of a dying breed: He makes a living off our slimy, fly-eating friends

  • News

    March 25, 1999

    A Natural Alliance

    Buck Island Ranch is home to the threatened caracara, and it's a laboratory where ranchers and conservationists are learning to work together

  • News

    February 4, 1999

    Cold-Blooded Smuggling

    The recent bust of a Hollywood importer sheds light on an illegal reptile trade that has adventurous smugglers making easy money