Tag Archives: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Sturgeon makes big splash over holiday weekend

Florida Fish and Wildlife officials say a woman’s leg was broken by a 75 pound jumping sturgeon. Tina Fletcher was a passenger on an airboat when the incident happened last weekend. FWC spokeswoman Karen Parker says boaters should be cautious of these types of fish because of possible injury. “What …

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Jumping sturgeon keep boaters on the look-out

After seeing no jumping sturgeon incidents last year, there have been 4 so far along the Suwannee River this year. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Spokeswoman Karen Parker says getting hit with one of these fish can do significant damage. “Think about this- you’re running down the river, going …

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Sturgeon and safety gear: keys to safe boating

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is warning area boater to be aware for more than just mechanical problems. FWC Officer Jeffrey Summers says there were two more unconfirmed incidents involving jumping sturgeon this week, one resulting in minor injury. “We’ve had three accidents this season with those things …

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Fish and Wildlife researchers have a spotlight on alligator surveys this month

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission scientists are conducting alligator surveys to monitor alligator populations later this month. The surveys are conducted every spring on Newnans, Orange and Lochloosa lakes. FWC spokeswoman Karen Parker says these annual spotlight surveys on airboats at night is the best method to observe alligators. …

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Gainesville woman injured in boating accident on the Suwannee River

Ironically, though it’s safe boating month, a Gainesville woman suffered internal injuries in a boating accident on the Suwannee River on Sunday afternoon near Old Town. Twenty-one year old Nobbie Cannon was riding on a tube being pulled by a boat when it was struck by a separate boat operated …

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Business, nature collide on the Florida coast

Crystal River is often called the “Home of the Manatee”, but just how do you manage encounters with this endangered creature is at the heart of a debate pitting local dive shops against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. WUFT-FM’s Trent Kelly has more from the Nature Coast.

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Remembering the "Alligator Man" Harold Nugent

Services were held yesterday for Harold Nugent at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Gainesville. Mr. Nugent was better known as the “Alligator Man” to the thousands of school children he visited around the state as part of a joint effort with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission to teach kids …

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What Wes Skiles taught Florida

Wes Skiles from High Springs was an internationally recognized underwater photographer and explorer. His death on Wednesday has shocked his friends and colleagues across the state. He was pronounced dead Wednesday afternoon after his body was found at the bottom of a reef off Palm Beach Coast while filming for …

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