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Extreme weather prompts emergency temporary closure of 4 Wildlife Management Areas in South Florida

October 05, 2016 

J.W. Corbett and Allapattah Flats wildlife management areas, and the John C. and Mariana Jones/Hungryland and DuPuis wildlife and environmental areas are closed to access until further notice.  

Lake Istokpoga aquatic plant management meeting on Oct. 11

October 05, 2016 

Managing plants and habitat in Lake Istokpoga will be the topic of a public meeting hosted by FWC from 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 11 at the Bert J. Harris Agricultural Center Auditorium in Sebring.  

FWC provides tips to coexist with bats

October 04, 2016 

If you are trying to remove bats from your dwelling, exclusion is the only legal and appropriate method.  

Lionfish Challenge comes to a close; 16,609 total removed

October 04, 2016 

The invasive lionfish took a major hit this summer: a total of 16,609 lionfish were removed during the 4.5 month Lionfish Challenge, which came to a close Sept. 30.  

Stone crab claw season opens Oct. 15 in state, federal waters

October 04, 2016 

Florida’s recreational and commercial stone crab claw harvest season opens Oct. 15 in state and federal waters.  

Hunter safety internet-completion courses offered in November

October 03, 2016 

Those interested in attending a course can register online and obtain information about future hunter safety classes at or by calling the FWC’s regional office in Lake City at 386-758-0525. 

What every hunter ought to know about Florida’s early fall hunting seasons

October 03, 2016 

Three hunting seasons are just around the corner: muzzleloading gun, gray squirrel and the first phase of dove.  

FWC seeks public input on anchoring and mooring rules, pilot program

September 30, 2016 

The FWC has posted a brief online survey to accept this feedback. It should take approximately five to 10 minutes to complete and will be available to the public Oct. 1-9.  

FWC continues cutting-edge science to collect data on Florida’s widespread bear population

September 29, 2016 

To continue the cutting-edge science being conducted on Florida’s black bears, FWC researchers recently placed radio-collars on 16 adult female bears to track their movements in and around Tates Hell State Forest in northwest Florida.  

Naturally occurring red tide confirmed in southwest Florida

September 27, 2016 

Since Sept. 13, FWC researchers have processed over 150 water samples from southwest Florida and are working closely with partners to track red tide blooms. 

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