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[UPDATE] Florida Black Bear Removed from Threatened List

Updated: 06/09/2011 - The Florida black bear, the Brown pelican and 14 other species are set to be removed from the list of threatened species in Florida after a unanimous vote by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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FWC Refines Gopher Tortoise Permitting Process

Posted: 06/08/2011 - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved revisions to its gopher tortoise permitting guidelines Wednesday during its meeting in St. Augustine.

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FWC Commissioners Elect New Leaders

Posted: 06/08/2011 - At its meeting Wednesday in St. Augustine, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission elected Commissioner Kathy Barco, of Jacksonville, to serve as Chairwoman, effective immediately.

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Pregnant Panda

Posted: 06/07/2011 - Nothing generates more excitement at a zoo than the birth of a baby; especially a panda cub.

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Remaining Alligator Hunting Permits Go On Sale June 8

Posted: 06/06/2011 - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will begin the second application phase for a chance to obtain highly coveted permits to participate in the statewide alligator harvest.

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FWC Carries on the Public Trust Doctrine

Posted: 06/01/2011 - FWC has an outstanding public reputation, and most people who care about nature and are outdoors enjoying our resources understand that we provide a valuable service.

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No Fishing Fines This Weekend

Updated: 05/31/2011 - It's not too early to start thinking about Father's Day and this year the state is offering a gift idea… fishing.

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For 3rd Year, Florida Forever Funding is Cut

Posted: 05/18/2011 - The Florida Cabinet approved a new priority list Tuesday of over 100 properties eligible for preservation under the popular Florida Forever program, but because of budget cuts approved by the Legislature, the vast majority of the nearly 2 million acres ready for conservation will remain on the waiting list for another year.

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Florida a Finalist for Nation's Best State Parks

Posted: 05/17/2011 - The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association, recently announced the Florida Park Service as finalists for the 2011 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.

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FWC to Hold Meetings on Coastal Conservation

Posted: 05/17/2011 - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Coastal Wildlife Conservation Initiative (CWCI) is holding a forum in Pensacola on May 24 and 25.

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Upcoming Programs Involving Wakulla County Sheriff's Office

Posted: 05/09/2011 - WCSO releases information about upcoming events including a Children's Fishing Tournament, Project Graduation, a Firearms Safety and Outdoor Skills Program, and a course on Carrying a Concealed Weapon / AR15 Training.

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FWC Offering Additional Hog Hunting Opportunities

Posted: 05/06/2011 - Due to an abundance of wild hogs, FWC is encouraging hog hunters to take part in Small Game Area hunts during the coming months in an effort to reduce number of hogs.

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FWC Seeks Continued Angler Participation For Tarpon Study

Posted: 05/05/2011 - Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute and Mote Marine Laboratory ask anglers to gather valuable information for the Tarpon Genetic Recapture Study.

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10-foot Gator Chomps on Deputy's Cruiser in Florida

Posted: 05/03/2011 - Authorities say Deputy Victor Borrero spotted the gator Saturday evening near the Gainesville Golf and Country Club. It attacked the patrol car while the deputy was waiting for an alligator trapper to show up.

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Apalachicola National Forest to Host Kid’s Fishing Derby

Posted: 04/26/2011 - The Apalachicola National Forest is hosting its 5th Annual Kid’s Fishing Derby on Saturday, Apr. 30, 2011, from 8 a.m. to noon for children ages one to 16 years old. The event is free and open to the public.

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