Urban Wildlife

Holidays Mean More Boats in Manatee Zones

Manatees face added danger during busy holiday weekends, simply because there are generally more boaters on the water passing through manatee restricted-speed zones. Boaters should be aware of where the zones are, so they don’t have any surprises when they come upon them. Maps of the zones can be found at MyFWC.com/Manatee.

A Confirmed Case of Rabies Reported in Orange Park

The Clay County Animal Control and Clay County Health Department reminds residents and visitors to avoid contact with wild and stray animals.  A confirmed case of rabies in a raccoon has been reported. 

Ant-Filled Yards Pose a Danger

Ant-Filled Yards Pose a Danger

With summer here and Jacksonville’s current dry spell, fire and pavement ants become a nuisance to gardeners, and even a danger to humans.

It doesn’t take long for ants to take over your lawn and claim residency in a home or business. Experts recommend treating fire and pavement ants as soon as they are spotted.

FWC Extends Alligator-Hunting Hours

At its meeting in St. Augustine Wednesday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) adopted a rule change that provides approximately four additional hours of daylight hunting to the state’s recreational alligator hunting season. The change will be in effect for this year’s season: Aug. 15 – Nov. 1.

Black Bear Running Loose in Orange Park

Black Bear Running Loose in Orange Park

JACSONVILLE, Fla. -- A police chase is about to turn a week old. But police aren't chasing a person... They're chasing a bear.

This is video near I-295 and 103rd street.

The FWC says the bear has been popping up in and around Orange Park all week.

And one resident in the area actually had an opportunity to see it up close.

"Got a black bear walking down the road, basically in the middle of the road," says Orange Park resident Elidan Campbell.

Florida Residents Encouraged To Include Pets In Family Disaster Plans

Florida Residents Encouraged To Include Pets In Family Disaster Plans

As a part of Florida Hurricane Preparedness Week, state emergency management officials are encouraging every pet owner in Florida to include their animals in their family disaster preparedness plan before the start of the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season. By planning for the needs of your pets, it will greatly increase the chances of their survival during disasters.