Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 4

SCREWWORM INFESTATION THREATENS TINY DEER IN FLORIDA KEYS

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam says the discovery of New World screwworm in the National Key Deer Refuge “sends shivers down every rancher’s spine.” Screwworm feed on the animals’ flesh, and infestations can be fatal to livestock and pets. Refuge manager Dan Clark says about 40 of the 3-feet-tall Key deer have had to be euthanized over the last month due to the screwworm infestation.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES LINEBACKER NIGEL BRADHAM CHARGED WITH HAVING GUN AT AIRPORT

A Miami-Dade police report says Bradham was arrested Sunday morning on a misdemeanor concealed weapons charge. The arrest report says the TSA workers spotted the gun as Bradham’s bag went through the X-ray machine. Bradham, who has a concealed weapons permit, told workers he forgot the gun was in the bag.

PANTHER FOUND DEAD IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that the 2-year-old male cat’s body was found Sunday on State Road 29 in Collier County. The remains will be taken to a Gainesville facility for a necropsy. A total of 32 Florida panthers have been found dead in 2016, with 24 road fatalities.

DEPUTY DISCIPLINED, REASSIGNED AFTER K-9 PARTNER’S DEATH

An Alachua County Sheriff’s Office news release issued Monday says Deputy Tommy Willcox will work six days without pay and spend three months on disciplinary probation. Officials say Willcox’s K-9, Robbie, died from heat exhaustion in July at his Newberry home. Robbie was left inside the car while Willcox joined his family. He returned to the car and found the dog unresponsive in the backseat.

FPL BEGINS RETRACTING SALTWATER THREATENING KEYS SUPPLIES

Senior Director of Project Development Steve Scroggs says a well at the power plant will retract saltwater from the Biscayne Aquifer. The aquifer supplies 17 billion gallons of drinking water daily for the island chain. The saltwater plume is less than 10 miles from the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority’s well field in the aquifer.

 

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