April marks the start of the season for jumping sturgeon. These large fish mostly congregate in deep areas of the Suwannee River, but they can be found anywhere in the river. Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission Public Information Coordinator Karen Parker says to be cautious during this time of year, for an encounter with a jumping sturgeon can be dangerous. Parker adds the fish will be around until the September, October time frame. She says the best way to deal with the prescence of the sturgeon is to take it slow while on the Suwannee.
By using chickens and mosquito traps, the Alachua County Health Department has begun collecting data to learn more about potential diseases and local threats.