Wildlife

Barry Peters

If you haven’t heard of the stingray shuffle, now may be the time to learn the dance. It’s stingray mating season along Southwest Florida beaches and that means more of the rays are on the move where beachgoers tend to wade. 

Spring is in the air, hungry Florida black bears are looking for love, and state game officials are urging caution.

Orlando leads in "Nuisance Gator" Complaints in Florida

May 17, 2017

Orlando topped the number of nuisance alligator complaints last year, according to data from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program.

Across Florida, 12,772 nuisance gator complaints came in leading to the death of more than 8,000 gators in 2016. That’s a higher number than the previous five years but not unprecedented. More than 230 nuisance gator complaints were made in Orlando. Ron Ziemba traps gators for FWC in Osceola County and thinks he may know why Orlando topped the list.

Cletus the crocodile may be lonely no more.

The American crocodile that showed up at the Dry Tortugas in 2003 was captured and loaded onto a seaplane over the weekend, then released in the Everglades.

To lower the potential spread of disease, state wildlife officials want Florida residents to keep their bird feeders clean. They’re already getting multiple reports about sick or dead songbirds of a certain species in the North Florida area in the last month.

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