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Collier residents invited to public meeting to learn about living with wildlife

News Release

Monday, September 26, 2011

Media contact: Gabriella B. Ferraro, 772-215-9459

Collier County residents have an opportunity to learn from the experts about living with the various species of wildlife in the area. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will host a public meeting on Thursday, Oct. 6, in Naples. The workshop is free and open to the public.

FWC biologists and subject matter experts will give presentations on two native animals: the Florida panther and the Florida black bear. University of Florida ecologist Dr. Martin Main will give a presentation about coyotes. All three animals are present in Collier County.

The FWC wishes to provide residents with information about living with wildlife and co-existing with these animals with minimal conflicts.

"The fact that we have abundant and diverse wildlife is one of the great things about living in Florida," said Kipp Frohlich, the FWC's Imperiled Species Section leader. "At times, this wildlife can create challenges. Fortunately, there are a number of relatively simple steps that can be taken to discourage wildlife from getting too close for comfort."

The meeting will be in the multipurpose room at the Collier County University of Florida/IFAS Extension, 14700 Immokalee Road, Naples, from 5:30 - 8 p.m.

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