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Outdoors

  • Florida's wily coyotes adapt to change

    Twenty-five years ago, many Floridians might have thought of coyotes as animals scratching out a living amid the arid landscapes of the Southwestern United States. After all, it was usually a desert mesa that Wile E. Coyote plummeted from in pursuit of the Road Runner, not the top of a cabbage palm or granddaddy oak.

    But sometime in the late 1980s, biologists started documenting the movements of coyotes to the Southeastern part of the country.

  • The adaptable and wily coyote

    Twenty-five years ago, many Floridians might have thought of coyotes as animals scratching out a living amid the arid landscapes of the Southwestern United States. After all, it was usually a desert mesa that Wile E. Coyote plummeted from in pursuit of the Road Runner, not the top of a cabbage palm or granddaddy oak.
    But sometime in the late 1980s, biologists started documenting the movements of coyotes to the southeastern part of the country.

  • Hunter safety course offered in Levy County

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering a free hunter safety Internet-completion course in Levy County. 

    Instruction is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 9. Students who have taken the online course and wish to complete the classroom portion must bring the online-completion report with them.

    The location for this class will be given to those who register in advance by calling the regional office at 386-758-0525 or going to MyFWC.com/HunterSafety.

  • How to get a fishing license

    Instant fishing licenses are available at MyFWC.com/License or by calling 1-888-FISH-FLORIDA (347-4356). Report violators by calling *FWC or #FWC on your cell, or 1-888-404-3922

  • Florida bass fishing is on fire

    The prespawn period for Florida largemouth bass can produce some of the most exciting fishing of the year, and 2011 has certainly started out exciting. Because bass tune into environmental triggers such as day length, lunar cycle and water temperature, timing of the actual spawn can vary. Generally, once water temperatures rise above 58 degrees, the bedding process begins and may continue until temperatures are in the mid to upper 70s.

  • Withlacoochee kayak, canoe race on Saturday

    Join in the fun of the Third Annual Withlacoochee Wilderness Kayak & Canoe Race and Rally at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. Help fund the efforts of the organization to protect and preserve Florida’s Nature Coast and its water sources for the benefit of everyone.

  • Student’s design celebrates 20 years of decals

    A high school art student at Circle Christian School in Winter Park captured top honors in the 2011-2012 manatee decal art contest sponsored by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Bekah Scoville, 14, created an image of two manatees swimming in water painted in pastel blues and greens.

  • FWC wraps up two-day meeting

    Special to the Citizen

     

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission wrapped up its two-day meeting last Thursday in Apalachicola.

  • FWC withdraws controversial proposal

    By MIKE CAPSHAW

    sports@chieflandcitizen.com

     

    Citing the political climate, issues involving exempt hunters and complaints from large landowners, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has tabled a proposal that would have required hunters to tag and report harvested deer.

  • Owner of derelict boat receives jail sentence

    After nearly nine months of investigation and legal proceedings, the owner of a vessel deemed derelict by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) received a 39-day jail sentence and was charged $236 in court costs.

    On May 6, 2010, FWC Officer Jeff Luce responded to a report of a wrecked and grounded vessel in the Banana River, east of Snug Harbor, in Brevard County.