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Bear found wandering near Naples homes

NAPLES. Fla. – A 300-pound bear was found wandering near Central Avenue and Gulf Shore Boulevard in Naples. The Naples Police Department is in the area and said the bear was running around residents backyards and going into pools. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is also on scene. Officers said the believe the bear swam from Keewaydin Island and has been going from backyard to backyard. FWC and police have closed 1st Avenue while they work to trap the bear. This is a developing story. The post Bear found wandering near Naples homes appeared...

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FWC searching for three men who killed large Tarpon

KEY LARGO, Fla.– The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is searching for three men who removed killed a Tarpon. On March 15, the three grabbed the fish out of the water and killed it at the Calusa Campground, according to FWC. Tarpons should remain in the water unless an angler is trying for a record using a Tarpon tag. The tags cost $50 per tag, per fish. “Keep tarpon, especially the gills, in as much water as is safely possible,” FWC said on their website. If you have any information about the situation, call Wildlife Alert at 1-888-404-FWCC (3922)...

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Red tide loses intensity as it lingers off SWFL’s coast

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. – Red tide is lingering off the Southwest Florida coast, but the toxic water is losing intensity.  The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has reported low to medium concentrations from Collier County north to Charlotte County. Earlier this week, they tested and found high concentrations of red tide near Bonita Beach. Right now, very low amounts are surrounding the Sanibel Causeway and Lighthouse Beach. People are packing the sand for the long weekend.  The water is tropical-looking, with blue and green water sitting in the Gulf. The...

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FWC trappers have busy month wrangling gators in Fort Myers

FORT MYERS, Fla.– FWC trappers have been busy capturing gators this month. They have caught gators on the loose and nuisance gators in different areas everyday this week.  Trappers get calls about gators in ponds, in parking lots, in garages, on porches and in dozens of other spots.  Once an FWC trapper catches a gator, they safely relocate it to a farm where it will be safe and away from humans.  If you spot a nuisance gator you can contact FWC’s Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR (866-392-4286). More information about nuisance gators can be found...

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FWC investigates tiger shark killing after photos emerge

CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. [WFLA] – State wildlife officials have launched an investigation after photos emerged of a young man holding a tiger shark in the waters of the Chassahowitzka River. The man in the photo said he is not the one who caught the shark. Instead, he said he saw a man in the river with the shark behind his boat and asked to take a picture with it. The pictures went viral with thousands of views — some are very critical of the young man’s choice to pose with the shark. Officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said they are aware of the incident. FWC...

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‘Ally’ the gator wanders into South Trail Fire Station

FORT MYERS, Fla.– A 5-foot Alligator wandered into the South Trail Fire Station. The Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission (FWC) helped Station 64’s crew by relocating the gator safely. ‘Ally’ the gator was hanging out at the entrance of the station when one of the crew members discovered the creature. Alligators are out and about as courtship typically happens in April and mating season begins in May or June, according to FWC. The post ‘Ally’ the gator wanders into South Trail Fire Station appeared first on NBC2 News. NBC2 (WBBH-TV)

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Day-old manatee abandoned by mother was rescued near Cayo Costa

CAYO COSTA, Fla.– The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) rescued a day-old manatee that was abandoned by her mother near Cayo Costa. The baby, nicknamed ‘Princess Charlotte’ was brought to ZooTampa at Lowry Park to receive proper care while she grows. Princess Charlotte is so young, she will be bottle fed by zoo staff members. For more information about slow speed zones, which protect the manatee population, click here. The post Day-old manatee abandoned by mother was rescued near Cayo Costa appeared first on NBC2 News. NBC2 (WBBH-TV)

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Tropical Clawed Frogs could be threat to local freshwater ecosystems

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Experts are worried Tropical Clawed Frogs could be a huge threat to local freshwater ecosystems. Tropical Clawed Frogs are amphibians from West Africa, that have been spotted in the Tampa Bay area.  The specific species is a relative of the African Clawed Frog, which is a common sight in local aquarium pet shops. At the pet shop Hooked on Fish Freshwater Aquatics in North Fort Myers, the owners said they’ll take back any fish that’s grown too big for its tank. It’s just one way they try to keep customers from turning their pets loose when...

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Photos of ancient comb jellies taken in waters off Panama City

PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Photos of comb jellies — ancient animals that have roamed the seas for at least 500 million years — were taken in the waters of Panama City, Florida. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) posted the photos, taken by a man named Blake, on Wednesday morning. Wildlife officials said the ctenophores, or comb jellies, are gelatinous animals found in most marine environments from polar waters to the tropics. There are eight comb rows, edged with cilia — or ‘hairs’ — typically found on the comb jellies’ outer...

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