Peter Forster

Environmentalists are taking legal action aimed at stopping Florida sugar growers from burning their fields before harvesting.

They say the practice emits harmful pollutants into the air.

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Environmental organizations say they consider the Florida black bear and panther populations conservation success stories. Their numbers are coming back.

But this has also led to more human interactions. Federal, state and local stakeholders are holding a workshop Saturday in Naples to talk about how to live alongside these species.

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Opioid deaths in Manatee County are on track to double by the end of the year.

County officials believe this spike is the result of Florida’s crack down on pill mills. Now, users are turning to heroin and a synthetic drug called fentanyl sometimes with deadly results.

The crisis is putting a strain on community agencies from law enforcement to treatment centers.

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  The Florida Department of Transportation recently announced plans to install wildlife exclusionary fencing and improve wildlife underpasses along a particularly deadly stretch of I-75 in an effort to prevent more panther roadkill deaths.

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Scientists are trying to learn more about a rare bat roost recently discovered in Immokalee. It’s rare because it belongs to the endangered bonneted bat, and it’s only the second of its kind in South Florida. U.S. Fish and Wildlife biologists journey into the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge to regularly monitor the bats.