Fish and Wildlife officers stay busy this summer

In one case, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers responded to a boating accident in which a rented personal watercraft struck a swimmer in the head.

In another instance, officers responded to a home where a man had a dead deer on his front porch because he brought it home after shooting it illegally.

That’s only the tip of the iceberg for incidents as summertime equals busy time for FWC officers.

From Memorial Day until Labor Day, the water is the area officers focus on the most and they make safety a top priority.

Sometimes it’s catching someone who is boating under the influence. In other instances, the call is in response to an accident involving personal watercraft like jet skis.

“Tourists interchange every 30 minutes it seems and there are always new groups out on the water,” said Lt. Keith Clark, the supervisor for South Okaloosa County. “The big problem with jet skis is a lot of times the people are very inexperienced.”

Read the full article in the Aug. 10 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at for as little as $38 per year.

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