Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Comission

When bears come calling

When bears come calling

The situation we have in Navarre with bears is unfortunate. Scroll through Facebook and you will see both sides of the issue with neither side willing to bend on their opinion. The bears must go…don’t harm the bears…we moved into their territory…protect your children and family from bears. This all came to a head when […]

Turtle Center mourns Gigi

Turtle Center mourns Gigi

The Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC) staff are mourning the loss of their resident sea turtle Gigi. She was humanely euthanized due to chronic medical conditions Monday. Gigi was a completely blind loggerhead sea turtle. She was welcomed to the NBSTCC last August after living in captivity for 19 years. She was initially […]

FWC discusses ways to deal with human-bear conflicts

FWC discusses ways to deal with human-bear conflicts

The reality of the bear problem in Florida is that it’s not going away. It’s why informational public workshops such as the one held Tuesday night at First Baptist Church in Navarre have become the norm in an effort to find the best way to deal with human-bear conflicts. “We want to empower people so […]

Eagle nest numbers continue to grow

Eagle nest numbers continue to grow

The health of bald eagles in the state of Florida has improved significantly in 40-plus years. Nests are being observed throughout Florida this year, including in Santa Rosa County. It is the first survey since the 2011-12 nesting season. Another month remains in the current nesting season so the numbers have yet to be updated. […]

Red Snapper season may bag 72 days

Red Snapper season may bag 72 days

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will soon set the dates for the 2016 recreational Red Snapper season in the Gulf Mexico. The proposed season is 72 days, which would be two days longer than the 2015 season. Read the full article in the Feb. 25 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe […]

FWC in process of reclassifying manatee status

FWC in process of reclassifying manatee status

Katie Tripp won’t argue that the manatee population in Florida is at a healthy level. But the Director of Science and Conservation at the Save the Manatee Club in Maitland doesn’t believe it’s a reason for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to make plans to downlist all West Indian manatees from endangered to […]

Bigger Better Bridge

Bigger Better Bridge

A “notice to proceed” to replace the aging Pensacola Bay Bridge will be given by end of the year if everything falls into place, says Florida Department of Transportation engineer, Kerrie Harrell. Harrell drove from Tallahassee Thursday morning, Jan. 14 to speak to the Gulf Breeze Chamber of Commerce meeting at the Andrews Institute. “My […]

FWC commends recently approved Seminole County bear ordinance

FWC commends recently approved Seminole County bear ordinance

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission commends Seminole County on its unanimous vote Tuesday to approve an ordinance that will help deter bears from lingering in Seminole County neighborhoods. The ordinance requires residents to take precautions to remove food attractants such as unsecured garbage and encourages the use of bear-resistant trash receptacles. Read the […]