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Celebrity Bear Moved To Zoo

A 375-pound black bear that captured worldwide attention when a wildlife biologist rescued it from drowning during a capture attempt will spend the rest of its days in a zoo. On July 7, less than two weeks after the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) captured and relocated the…


Daring Rescue; FWC Biologist Saves Drowning Bear

A 375-pound male black bear with a penchant for beachfront browsing was on dry land Saturday after a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologist pulled the tranquilized animal from Gulf of Mexico waters in Florida’s Panhandle. “I wasn’t sure what I was going to do when I jumped…


New FWC Rules Require Tags on Passive Fishing Gear

Passive fishing gear – things like trotlines, crab traps, bush hooks and other devices that catch fish in fresh water while the fisherman isn’t present – have to be tagged with the owner’s name and address under a new rule. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) adopted new…


Bay Scallop Season Opens July 1

The recreational harvest season for bay scallops begins July 1 and continues through Sept. 10.  Open scalloping areas on Florida’s Gulf Coast extend from the west bank of the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County to the Pasco-Hernando county line near Aripeka. Bay scallops may be taken only within the…


Make a Catfish Fishery the Destination of Choice This Summer

Florida Fish Busters’ July 2008 By: Bob Wattendorf, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, with special thanks to Andy Strickland, FWC The living is easy in Florida this summer, and the catfish are abundant in the state’s fresh waters. Anglers from throughout the United States and from numerous countries around…


FWC Offers Unique Hunting Opportunities

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering sportsmen some unique hunting opportunities for the coming season. The FWC is providing sportsmen mobility-impaired hunts, supervised youth hunts, family hunts, quail hunts, and track vehicle and airboat hunts on wildlife management areas (WMAs). Worksheets for these quota hunts are…


Please Don’t Feed the Pelicans

There’s a new rule from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) about feeding pelicans. Don’t do it. Brown pelicans, due to their social nature, become dependent on discarded fish and fish scraps. The birds will often congregate in places where the scraps are readily available and rely on…


Apalachicola Paddling Trail Receives National Recognition

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announces that the Apalachicola Paddling Trail System, located in Franklin County in the Apalachicola River Wildlife and Environmental Area, is one of 24 trails designated by the Secretary of the Interior as a National Recreation Trail. This network of paddling trails was…


FWC Considers Prohibition on Permanent Duck Blinds on 4 Lakes

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), meeting today in Dania Beach, approved a draft rule prohibiting anyone from hunting in or near a permanent duck blind on four lakes near Tallahassee. The lakes are Miccosukee, Iamonia, Carr and Jackson.  Following final review of the draft rule at the…


FWC Resolution Urges Dept. of Interior to Open Big Cypress Addition for Recreational Use

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) adopted a resolution Wednesday, urging federal officials to open the 146,000-acre Big Cypress National Preserve Addition to a full range of public recreation. The National Park Service and U.S. Department of the Interior are in the final stages of adopting a management…