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242 Sea Turtles Released into the Gulf of Mexico

Posted: 01/20/2011 - Two hundred forty-two cold-stunned sea turtles removed from St. Joseph Bay this winter were released Wednesday, Jan. 20 into the Gulf of Mexico off Cape San Blas in Gulf County.

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Public Scoping Meetings Proposed Everglades Headwaters Refuge

Posted: 01/19/2011 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and a variety of public and private partners are advancing a collaborative approach to address landscape-scale land protection efforts to conserve wildlife and habitat in the greater Everglades landscape.

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Blue Crab Trap Area Closure Set to End

Posted: 01/14/2011 - The harvest of blue crabs from traps in all waters of Franklin County west to the Florida-Alabama border will reopen on Jan. 15.

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Yellow Bullhead from Crystal River is New State Record

Posted: 01/11/2011 - A yellow bullhead caught in the Crystal River on Dec. 17 is the new state record for that species, a type of catfish, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists.

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Cold December Adds to 2010 Manatee Death Toll

Posted: 01/05/2011 - Two periods of unusually cold weather in 2010 contributed to the number of manatee deaths for the year being more than double the yearly average of the past five years.

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Recovery Plan for the St. Andrew Beach Mouse

Posted: 01/04/2011 - The plan is a guidance document for federal, state, and local governments and private landowners to help achieve recovery of the federally protected species.

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Large Male Bear Found Dead Near Holt; FWC Seeks Shooter

Updated: 12/29/2010 - A large male bear was shot and killed Tuesday night and the carcass was discovered near Holt in Okaloosa County. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) law enforcement officers are asking the public’s help in identifying the person or people involved.

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FWC Announces Blue Crab Trap Area Closure

Posted: 12/29/2010 - The harvest of blue crabs from traps will not be allowed from Jan. 5 through Jan. 14 in all waters of Franklin County west to the Florida-Alabama border, except all waters of the Ochlockonee River and Ochlockonee Bay.

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South Florida Spotted Seatrout Season Opens Jan. 1

Posted: 12/28/2010 - The recreational harvest season for spotted seatrout will open in southern Florida on Jan. 1. Spotted seatrout harvest has been closed since Nov. 1 in this part of the state to help maintain an abundant fishery.

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High School Students: Time to Enter Manatee Art Contest

Posted: 12/27/2010 - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) invites high school art students across the state to participate in a contest to create a piece of manatee artwork that will be used on the 2011-2012 manatee decal.

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Panhandle Hunter Shoots Himself in Foot

Posted: 12/24/2010 - State wildlife officials say a Panhandle deer hunter made a bad mistake when he shot himself in the foot while standing on a tree limb.

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FWC Hosts Boating Advisory Council Meeting

Posted: 12/23/2010 - FWC hosted a Florida Boating Advisory Council (BAC) meeting recently in Tallahassee. At the meeting, U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. William Baumgartner presented several awards.

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[UPDATE] FWC Seeks Information in Bear Killing

Updated: 12/22/2010 - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is asking the public’s help to determine who killed a young female black bear found in the Apalachicola National Forest on Dec. 14. Story updated with pictures of bear.

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FWC Rescues Young Manatee from Chilly Waters

Posted: 12/16/2010 - Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) rescued a young male manatee in St. Petersburg on Wednesday, December 16.

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