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Manatees dying at an alarming rate in Florida

NBC News — Florida’s manatees are dying at unusually high rates this year, and experts said the sustained loss of a key food source is to blame. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s most recent report, which spans Jan. 1 to May 28, recorded 761 manatee deaths in 2021. Researchers are concerned that the current death rate could surpass the record 804 manatee deaths recorded in 2018. “If this continues through the rest of the year, this is going to be one of the highest mortality years ever,” said Jon Moore, a marine biologist and oceanographer...

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Longest red snapper season set to open in Florida this week

FORT MYERS, Fla. — One of the longest recreational red snapper seasons to date will begin on June 4 in Gulf state and federal waters off the Florida coast. The upcoming season will run for 55 days starting June 4 and closing on July 29, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. “We are excited about Gov. DeSantis’ recent announcement of this year’s 55-day Gulf red snapper summer season, it is one of the longest we’ve had since the FWC began managing the season in state and federal waters,” said FWC Chairman Rodney Barreto.   If you want to fish for red snapper...

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Snook, redfish & spotted seatrout regulations changing June 1

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will update their regulations on snook, redfish, and spotted seatrout on June 1. The three fish species were temporarily made to be catch-and-release only after their populations were severely impacted by the 2017-2019 red tide blooms. On June 1, the following updates will go into effect: Pasco County and Tampa Bay Normal regulations will resume for snook, redfish and spotted seatrout in all state waters in Pasco County, Pinellas County and Tampa Bay. These regulations are for all state waters north...

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Wild hogs wreaking havoc in Cape Coral neighborhood

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Some residents of a Cape Coral community are weighing their options after part of their neighborhood’s entrance was destroyed by a group of wild pigs.  About 20 pigs began running amok at the front entrance of Kismet Lakes in Cape Coral last week. Videos taken by residents show the pigs at the front entrance of the community eating and destroying the front patch of sod.  Jim Bradbury moved into the community last year when his new home was completed. He said he loves the wildlife surrounding his home but with property damage occurring, something needs to...

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Sea turtle nesting season begins Saturday

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. — Sea turtle nesting season begins this May 1, and beachgoers can prepare by reviewing ways to be turtle-friendly this summer. Florida is home to many species of sea turtles that nest on our coastline. Beaches in Southwest Florida host three species: loggerhead, green, and a few Kemp’s ridley sea turtles. Each nesting season, local officials install temporary stakes and educational signs around nesting areas to create a buffer zone between humans and turtle nests. When visiting SWFL beaches, be sure to give nests plenty of space and to fill any holes dug and...

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New reptile rules announced by Florida Fish & Wildlife

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Major changes are in effect for cold blooded pets. The new rules from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission impacts pet owners and pet stores. The new rules are aimed at protecting the state’s native species from the invasive ones. A popular pet that this rule impacts is the green iguana. The lizards are considered to be invasive in Florida and owners must have a permit and the animal must be microchipped. Permitting is free through FWC. Also, pet shops that sell invasive animals must liquidate their stock and have all invasive species...

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Young gator found floating in Naples pool

NAPLES, Fla. — It’s alligator mating season, so the reptiles are expected to be venturing out further than normal. On Thursday, an NBC2 viewer sent in a photo they took of a young gator floating around the pool at Riverside Naples. If you come across a gator in your pool, call Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s toll-free Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR (866-392-4286). An alligator is considered a nuisance if it is at least 4 feet long and the caller believes it poses a threat to people, pets or property. There are situations when smaller alligators...

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VIDEO: Two gators get into lakeside tussle as mating season begins

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. — On this episode of ‘just another day in Florida,’ two alligators were seen thrashing around on the bank of a Sunshine State lake on Monday. Gordon Silver lives in Lakewood Ranch, a community located about 40 miles north of North Port. He said he saw two gators sizing each other up and fighting in his own backyard. Silver grabbed a camera and hit record — capturing an act that is common during the time when alligator mating season kicks off. Courtship begins in early April, and mating occurs in May or June, according to the Florida Fish...

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