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FWC announces license-free fishing days

Florida Fish and Wildlife has announced license-free fishing days. This is geared towards those who do not have a fishing license but want to try fishing or take their kids fishing. License requirements will be waived for Florida residents and non-resident. All other rules, such a seasons for fish, still apply. The full list of regulations can be found here. License-free freshwater days: First consecutive Saturday and Sunday in April Second consecutive Saturday and Sunday in June (June 12 & 13) License-free saltwater day First consecutive Saturday and Sunday in June (June 5 &...

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Black bear found lounging inside Fort Myers business

FORT MYERS, Fla. – A young black bear was found inside a Fort Myers business on Tuesday morning. Fort Myers police said the bear was found inside of Hurricane Safe Shutters off Earl Road. The bear was seen calmly hanging out inside the business, lying on the floor. Credit: Fort Myers Police Department Fort Myers police monitored the bear until officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission were able to respond and relocate the bear to its natural habitat. Credit: Fort Myers Police Department FWC said the bear is being taken to a remote area of Collier County...

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Bear found wandering near Naples homes

NAPLES. Fla. – A 300-pound bear was found wandering near Central Avenue and Gulf Shore Boulevard in Naples. The Naples Police Department is in the area and said the bear was running around residents backyards and going into pools. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is also on scene. Officers said the believe the bear swam from Keewaydin Island and has been going from backyard to backyard. This is a developing story. The post Bear found wandering near Naples homes appeared first on NBC2 News. NBC2 (WBBH-TV)

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FWC searching for three men who killed large Tarpon

KEY LARGO, Fla.– The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is searching for three men who removed killed a Tarpon. On March 15, the three grabbed the fish out of the water and killed it at the Calusa Campground, according to FWC. Tarpons should remain in the water unless an angler is trying for a record using a Tarpon tag. The tags cost $50 per tag, per fish. “Keep tarpon, especially the gills, in as much water as is safely possible,” FWC said on their website. If you have any information about the situation, call Wildlife Alert at 1-888-404-FWCC (3922)...

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Red tide loses intensity as it lingers off SWFL’s coast

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. – Red tide is lingering off the Southwest Florida coast, but the toxic water is losing intensity.  The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has reported low to medium concentrations from Collier County north to Charlotte County. Earlier this week, they tested and found high concentrations of red tide near Bonita Beach. Right now, very low amounts are surrounding the Sanibel Causeway and Lighthouse Beach. People are packing the sand for the long weekend.  The water is tropical-looking, with blue and green water sitting in the Gulf. The...

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FWC trappers have busy month wrangling gators in Fort Myers

FORT MYERS, Fla.– FWC trappers have been busy capturing gators this month. They have caught gators on the loose and nuisance gators in different areas everyday this week.  Trappers get calls about gators in ponds, in parking lots, in garages, on porches and in dozens of other spots.  Once an FWC trapper catches a gator, they safely relocate it to a farm where it will be safe and away from humans.  If you spot a nuisance gator you can contact FWC’s Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR (866-392-4286). More information about nuisance gators can be found...

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Vultures invade Florida neighborhood

TAMPA, Fla. [AP] – Vultures have descended on a Florida neighborhood, and residents are not keen on the messes and home damage caused by their fair-weathered foes. Resident Judy Oliveri told WFLA-TV that her Tampa neighborhood has become overrun with large black birds. They reportedly arrived to the area three years ago and have been multiplying since. “We could have 20 to 25 vultures on our roofs. They land on our screens, their under-feathers are all over the roof, their droppings are all over the place,” Oliveri said. Other homeowners speculated that the vultures lost their previous...

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FWC investigates tiger shark killing after photos emerge

CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. [WFLA] – State wildlife officials have launched an investigation after photos emerged of a young man holding a tiger shark in the waters of the Chassahowitzka River. The man in the photo said he is not the one who caught the shark. Instead, he said he saw a man in the river with the shark behind his boat and asked to take a picture with it. The pictures went viral with thousands of views — some are very critical of the young man’s choice to pose with the shark. Officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said they are aware of the incident. FWC...

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‘Ally’ the gator wanders into South Trail Fire Station

FORT MYERS, Fla.– A 5-foot Alligator wandered into the South Trail Fire Station. The Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission (FWC) helped Station 64’s crew by relocating the gator safely. ‘Ally’ the gator was hanging out at the entrance of the station when one of the crew members discovered the creature. Alligators are out and about as courtship typically happens in April and mating season begins in May or June, according to FWC. The post ‘Ally’ the gator wanders into South Trail Fire Station appeared first on NBC2 News. NBC2 (WBBH-TV)

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Day-old manatee abandoned by mother was rescued near Cayo Costa

CAYO COSTA, Fla.– The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) rescued a day-old manatee that was abandoned by her mother near Cayo Costa. The baby, nicknamed ‘Princess Charlotte’ was brought to ZooTampa at Lowry Park to receive proper care while she grows. Princess Charlotte is so young, she will be bottle fed by zoo staff members. For more information about slow speed zones, which protect the manatee population, click here. The post Day-old manatee abandoned by mother was rescued near Cayo Costa appeared first on NBC2 News. NBC2 (WBBH-TV)

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