Fish and Wildlife Research Institute


Wildlife Health

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) veterinary staff and wildlife biologists work with state and federal partners to monitor for and respond to many wildlife disease outbreaks, such as avian influenza, swine influenza, mange in bears, chronic wasting disease in deer, and die-offs of other terrestrial wildlife.

Avian Influenza

The FWC is conducting avian influenza surveillance in wild bird populations by monitoring and investigating reports of wild bird die-offs.

Chronic Wasting Disease

Chronic wasting disease is a fatal disease in deer and other antlered animals. The FWC has initiated a comprehensive monitoring program to monitor for CWD in Florida.

Swine Influenza

The FWC is working with the Florida Department of Health, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and USDA Wildlife Services to monitor for swine influenza in feral hogs.


Pseudorabies is an infectious disease of swine caused by a herpes virus.  Although the virus does not pose a threat to humans, dogs exposed to feral hogs are at risk for pseudorabies.


Some mammal species including raccoons, skunks, foxes, and coyotes can carry rabies.  This article explains what you can do to protect yourself and help prevent the spread of rabies.

Swine Brucellosis

Wild hogs are found within all 67 Florida counties, and like any wild animal, can carry parasites and diseases - some of which can be transmitted to people. One such disease for hunters to be concerned with is swine brucellosis.

Health Advisories and Wildlife Disease

A collection of information regarding consumption advisories and other human-wildlife health concerns.

FWC Facts:
In order to stick to plants, larval spotted gar have suction snouts that later become the long, teeth-filled snout.

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