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Exotic pets taking toll on Florida’s wild spaces

Lion Fish, Burmese Pythons and parakeets…Oh My! Exotic pets that are released into Florida’s environment are wreaking havoc on their surroundings and researchers at the University of Florida say this problem is avoidable. In a free brochure written by experts at UF’s Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Department, procedures for turning …

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35 cats seized from Marion County home

Marion County Animal Services is trying to gain legal custody of the 35 cats seized from a Silver Springs home earlier this week. Animal Services Program Coordinator Elaine DeIorio says the cats were taken from Nelly Vega, who was convicted of animal cruelty in 2006. “These types of people will …

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Area Pet Owners Worry About Recent Outbreak of Distemper

A recent outbreak of the distemper virus in several raccoons in the western section of Gainesville and Alachua County has a lot of pet owners worried. WUFT-FM’s Junior Skepple spoke to some experts about the importance of having animals immunized against the virus. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/distemper.mp3]

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Questions Still Swirling Over Florida Shark Attack

People are still talking about a bizarre shark attack that killed surfer Stephen Schafer. Details about the attack continue to surface as a team struggles to determine the kind of shark behind the attack, and if there was more than one. Jessica Gable has the story. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/shark.mp3]

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