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Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

  • Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will include more than $30 million in the state's 2023 budget to try and figure out why record numbers of manatees are dying in Florida waters. Scientists blame agriculture and development for polluting the rivers where manatees live.
  • Florida’s diamondback terrapin turtles, which herpetologists believe are the only tortoise in the world who lives in brackish water, must be left in the blend of fresh and salt water that the slowpokes call home. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in December decided diamondback terrapin turtle numbers have dipped enough that the critters need protection to keep any more of them from being scooped up in the wild. Collecting or possessing a diamondback terrapin is now illegal, but there are exceptions: for turtle researchers, for educational displays of the turtles, and for similar conservation-based programs.
  • Burrowing owls and gopher tortoises have been either discovered on, or been brought to, one of 48 residential lots where nothing will ever be built. These plots of land have been purchased by members of a wildlife group establishing a patchwork sanctuary for the animals throughout the northwestern part of town. Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife has spent about $450,000 total purchasing four dozen plot and are negotiating to buy five more. The 300-member group has amassed the citizen sanctuary since 2002 and focus on burrowing owls and gopher tortoises because they both dig into the ground for protection. Most of the lots are easy-to-dig-in sandy spoil dredged up from the bay bottom when the city was created in the 1950s.
  • Florida has a growing invasive species population of a reptile that was formally considered a docile pet and is now prohibited by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
  • Florida wildlife officials are clarifying instructions to the public about killing non-native iguanas. A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation...
  • The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission wants the public to report all fish kills this summer, when high temperatures and hurricanes...
  • It's a process wholly unique to Florida, and it happens once every 20 years: a group of Floridians assemble to review the state’s constitution and…