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New video of Everglades Mink could be crucial in learning more about species

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. – New video of what scientists are calling an Everglades Mink could be crucial to learning more about them. Its a poorly understood, yet adorable creature that the Florida Fish ad Wildlife Conservation Commission is trying to learn more about. The photographer who took this video said that the Mink was captured on camera deep within the Fakahatchee State Preserve Park.  “This issue is we literally do not know how many animals there are,” said Dr. Billy Gunnels, a biology professor at Florida Gulf Coast University. “The last paper I saw...

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WATCH: Crews battle 5,500-acre brush fire in the Everglades

EVERGLADES, Fla. – Fire crews are battling a large brush fire in the Everglades, according to the Florida Forestry Service [FFS]. The fire is raging south of Miami, right outside Everglades National Park near Card Sound Road. As of 9:30 a.m., the fire had spread 5,500 acres and was 55% contained, FFS reported. WATCH LIVE: The fire, officially named the 416 Fire, has been burning since April 30. When FFS first notified the public of the fire via Twitter, the brush fire was 750 acres and was mainly burning south of the Homestead Speedway. FFS initially reported that the burn area...

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Officials want to know who’s responsible for several fires in the Everglades

EVERGLADES, Fla. – Several fires have been set intentionally within the last two months near Everglades National Park, officials said. According to the National Park Service, the fires have cost the park hundreds of thousands of dollars and have endangered staff and park visitors. The fires have been set specifically in the vicinity of Main Park Road and adjacent roads near the park, NPS reported. These roads are easily accessed through the Homestead entrance. Everglades National Park and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive [ATF] are investigating the fires. Officials...

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Deal reached for major Everglades project

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an agreement Thursday with the Army Corps of Engineers that will continue work on a key reservoir in Everglades restoration. Work on the long-stalled Everglades Agricultural Area reservoir in western Palm Beach County is to be shared between the state and federal governments. DeSantis said Thursday’s agreement will accelerate the Army Corps portion of the project. The state and federal governments have spent billions of dollars over the years on restoration of the Everglades. The vast wetland suffers from a lack of adequate fresh water and...

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