Changes in duck hunting laws

Changes in duck hunting laws

Duck hunters should be aware of the daily bag limit for mallards has been reduced to two birds, of which only one may be female. “Since 1998, mallard populations in eastern North America have steadily declined by approximately 20%. Over the same period, mallard harvest in the U.S. portion of the Atlantic Flyway has decreased […]

Florida men who ran turtle smuggling ring, busted

Florida men who ran turtle smuggling ring, busted

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has charged two suspects for poaching thousands of Florida’s native turtles from the wild and selling them illegally in multiple counties in Florida, with final destinations in international markets. These charges represent the state’s largest seizure of turtles in recent history. “The illegal trade of turtles is […]

New deer hunting laws and reporting requirements

New deer hunting laws and reporting requirements

Hunters now have an online option to comply with new deer harvest reporting requirements. You can log (Step 1) your harvest using a paper deer harvest log and report (Step 2) online. Hunters still have the option to log and report harvested deer using the FWC Deer Harvest Reporting App or a paper deer harvest […]

Bears are more active in the fall

Bears are more active in the fall

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is reminding people to help prevent conflicts with bears by securing garbage and other items that might attract these animals. In the fall, Florida black bears begin preparing for the winter by consuming extra calories to pack on fat. During this time, they will eat anything that’s […]

FWC long-term investigation, fish and wildlife being sold on black market

FWC long-term investigation, fish and wildlife being sold on black market

A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) investigation led to the arrests on Friday, Aug. 9, of three suspects in Levy and Pinellas counties for violating state laws pertaining to illegally harvesting and selling various fish and wildlife. Fifteen additional suspects were served with a notice to appear citations in Levy, Orange, Pinellas, and […]

Cat declawing could be ban in Florida

Cat declawing could be ban in Florida

Florida — Democratic Senator Lauren Book has introduced a bill that would ban the declawing cats in Florida, unless medically necessary. Like New York, if the bill is passed, veterinarians would face a $1,000 fine if they declaw a cat without having a medically necessary reason. Medically necessary reasons would be if the cat has […]

Fifteen eastern indigo snakes, listed as threatened, released

Fifteen eastern indigo snakes, listed as threatened, released

Florida — Fifteen eastern indigo snakes, listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, has just been released in northern Florida as part of a continuing collaborative plan to return the important, native, non-venomous apex predator to the region. This effort marks the third year in a row that snakes raised specifically for the recovery […]