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High water prompts restrictions for E'glades-area WMA

News Release

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Media contact: Carli Segelson, 772-215-9459

High water levels prompted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to issue an executive order restricting public access to portions of the Everglades and Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area.

This action is necessary because high water levels force area wildlife to take refuge on tree islands and levees, resulting in higher levels of stress for these animals.

The order, which takes effect Monday, Nov. 14, prohibits motorized vehicles, airboats and other public access to the Water Conservation Area 3A North portion of the Everglades and Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area. This area lies in Broward County.

The special regulations remain in effect until rescinded by a subsequent executive order.

This order does not apply to people permitted to participate in the statewide migratory bird hunts, to frogging, or persons operating boats (other than airboats) within the established canal systems and within one mile of marshes adjacent to the wildlife management area. However, people must maintain a minimum distance of 100 yards from any tree island or levee when operating a vessel or airboat to minimize disturbance to upland wildlife.

To report a violation of this order, or any fish and wildlife law violation, call the FWC's Wildlife Alert hotline at 888-404-3922.

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