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Drop in Temperatures Brings Increase in Chance of Wildfire

Posted: 01/05/2012 - As temperatures across Florida decrease this winter season, the risk of wildfire is on the rise. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Florida Forest Service warns Floridians of the wildfire dangers associated with freezing temperatures and the low levels of rainfall Florida has experienced in recent months.

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Student Videos Teach Floridians to be ‘Bear Smart’

Posted: 12/16/2011 - The challenge to high school students was unusual: Produce a one-minute video encouraging people to conserve Florida black bears and take appropriate precautions when living around bears.

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FWC Moves to Protect Tiger Sharks, Hammerheads

Posted: 11/16/2011 - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) moved Nov. 16 to prohibit the harvest of tiger sharks and three species of hammerheads from state waters in an effort to further protect these top predators that rely on Florida waters to survive.

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Final Decision on Proposed Kings Bay Manatee Refuge

Posted: 11/14/2011 - As "manatee season" approaches in Kings Bay, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks to update the public on the status of the proposed Kings Bay manatee refuge rule.

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No Hunting in Florida Black Bear Management Plan

Updated: 11/10/2011 - Hunting would continue to be banned under a proposed black bear management plan released Thursday by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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EPA Gives Nod to Draft Water Quality Standards

Posted: 11/03/2011 - Bolstered by a letter of confidence from Washington, Florida's top environmental regulator said his agency would proceed with its proposed plan to set specific pollution levels for the state's inland and coastal waters.

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NOAA Fisheries Boosts 2011 Quota for Red Grouper

Posted: 10/31/2011 - Over the next two months, commercial fishing boats in the Gulf of Mexico can take more than twice as much red grouper out of federal waters than previously allowed and the bag limit has doubled for recreational anglers.

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Annual List of Candidates for Endangered Species Act

Posted: 10/25/2011 - Three species have been removed from candidate status, three have been added, and seven have a change in priority from the last review conducted in November of 2010. There are now 244 species recognized by the Service as candidates for ESA protection.

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Milton Angler Lands Record Flathead

Posted: 10/18/2011 - Milton resident Eric Auston Jr. now holds the distinction of having landed the largest flathead catfish ever caught with a rod and reel in Florida waters.

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