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Hunter safety courses offered in 3 counties

April 19, 2018 

Those interested in attending a course can register online and obtain information about future hunter safety classes at MyFWC.com/HunterSafety or by calling the FWC’s regional office in West Palm Beach at 561-625-5122. 

Give nesting waterbirds space to help keep them safe

April 19, 2018 

Nesting birds can be easily disturbed if people approach too closely. Such disturbance can cause birds to abandon their nesting sites, exposing eggs and chicks to predators, sun exposure and other harm.  

Sign up for the 2018 Lionfish Challenge, win up to $5,000

April 19, 2018 

Registration for the FWC 2018 Lionfish Challenge is open. Register at MyFWC.com/Lionfish. 

FWC to meet April 25-26 in Fort Lauderdale

April 17, 2018 

For the full April 25-26 agenda and links to background reports, go to MyFWC.com/Commission and select “Commission Meetings.”  

Gov. Scott and FWC announce 40-day recreational red snapper season in Gulf state and federal waters

April 17, 2018 

The FWC and Gov. Rick Scott are excited to announce a 40-day recreational red snapper season for both Gulf state and federal waters. A 24-day season was originally proposed. 

Wildfires and low water prompt restrictions for Everglades WMA

April 17, 2018 

Effective immediately, the order prohibits motorized vehicles, including swamp buggies/tracked vehicles and airboats, in a portion of the Everglades and Francis S. Taylor WMA designated as Water Conservation Area 3A North.  

FWC hosts meeting about Lake Rousseau

April 13, 2018 

This April 27 meeting will begin with an open house at 5:30 p.m. at the Lake Rousseau RV Resort, 10811 N. Coveview Terrace in Crystal River. Presentations begin at 6:30 p.m. 

Hunter safety internet-completion courses offered in May

April 13, 2018 

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

FWC returns panther family back to the wild

April 12, 2018 

On April 10, the FWC panther team released the panther family on the Picayune Strand State Forest in Collier County. This is the first time the FWC has rescued, rehabilitated and released a family group of panthers. 

Gopher tortoises more active in spring, just in time for Florida Gopher Tortoise Day

April 04, 2018 

Anyone, or any group like a neighborhood association, can celebrate Gopher Tortoise Day and help conserve the tortoise. Go to GopherTortoiseDayFL.com for information and activities for April 10 and all year long. 

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The bowfin, or mudfish, is a ‘living fossil’ and is the only freshwater fish with a gular bone, a bony plate on the exterior of the lower jaw between the two jawbones.

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