Broward News

Man and Beast: Bees, foxes, mosquitoes, pythons, raccoons, feral cats, and sharks fight back!

It's been a busy couple of weeks for the South Florida animal kingdom, at least when it comes to human harassment:



A rabid fox at Red Reef Park in Boca Raton bit three people last Thursday morning, and that same day a raccoon bit somebody else in the vicinity.

A nurse shark took its pound of flesh from a woman in Biscayne National Park on July 4 while she was lolling around in the water near a sandbar.



Broward County has its hands full with the worst mosquito seasons in 17 years, as pesticides rained from the sky over Coral Springs and Parkland this week.



On Wednesday, swarms of bees attacked guards and inmates at Broward Correctional Institution in Pembroke Pines.



The Town of Palm Beach considered extending its contract for feral cat management to Island Cats on Saturday, after the company identified 78 feral cat colonies on the island in the past 90 days.



And the hunt for the Python is officially on: Permitted hunters this week got permission to go after the 150,000 non-native reptiles that have made a comfortable home in the Everglades.

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Gail Shepherd
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