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Increase in boating fatalities concerns FWC

August 19, 2010 

Many Florida boaters know the importance of wearing a life jacket and abiding by the navigation rules. However, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) emphasizes the importance of making safe, smart decisions when out of the boat as well.  

Scientists release the first rescued, rehabilitated sea turtles back into the Gulf

August 18, 2010 

NOAA administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco and Adm. Thad Allen joined state, federal, and partner biologists today as they released 23 Kemp's ridley sea turtles back into the Gulf of Mexico near Cedar Key, Fla., after the turtles were successfully rescued and rehabilitated from the effects of the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill.  

'Can I purchase a Burmese python?' and other good questions answered this weekend

August 18, 2010 

A new statute concerning certain nonnative reptiles in Florida went into effect July 1, and new regulations concerning these same species will go into effect Aug. 23. 

Apply for special-opportunity spring turkey hunts Sept. 8 - Oct. 13

August 18, 2010 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will begin accepting special-opportunity spring turkey hunt applications at 10 a.m. Sept. 8. The deadline for submitting applications is midnight Oct. 13.  

FWC offers free hunter safety Internet-completion course in Wakulla County

August 17, 2010 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering a free hunter safety Internet-completion course in Wakulla County.  

FWC christens renovated offshore vessel

August 17, 2010 

It once sailed the Florida seas as the JJ Brown. Today, Aug. 17, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's 85-foot, aluminum vessel was christened the Gulf Sentry.  

FWC shuts down illegal Internet operation

August 16, 2010 

When the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Internet Crimes Unit received a citizen's complaint that a Tampa man was operating an illegal wildlife business through eBay, it launched an undercover investigation that resulted in the man's arrest.  

FWC to hold public meetings to get input on bear plan

August 16, 2010 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wants public and local government input on a draft plan that will ensure a sustainable and socially acceptable Florida black bear population throughout the state.  

Closed shrimp-harvesting area in Escambia Co. reopens

August 16, 2010 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will reopen state waters offshore of Escambia County to the harvest of shrimp at 12:01 a.m. on Aug. 17.  

Jarhead: The little bear that beat the odds

August 13, 2010 

It took 10 days and extraordinary efforts from both FWC employees and local residents working together to catch a black bear cub that was days away from death.  

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The range of a male Florida black bear is about 60,000 acres. For a female, it's 15,000 acres.

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