Bear activity is making the news these days – the numbers of still-threatened Florida black bears increasing – so to head off the potential of negative encounters with bears as you hike through the Ocala, Osceola, and Apalachicola National Forests, it’s now necessary to bear bag your food. It’s always been a smart idea because […]
The population of Florida scrub-jays in Ocala is getting a boost through a habitat restoration project starting on the Cross Florida Greenway this July.
“A fed bear is a dead bear,” says Florida Fish & Wildlife. It’s time to make homeowners responsible for keeping trash and food out of reach when they live in bear territory.
A wildlife-rich experience by one of our readers while hiking along the Econlockhatchee River makes you want to just get outside!
Tips from Florida Fish & Wildlife on how best to manage encounters with Florida black bears, which are becoming more common in certain parts of Florida.
One of the more fearless creatures you’ll encounter in Florida’s wilds is the wild hog. Here is advice from Florida Fish & Wildlife on how to cope with hogs.
Coral snake or king snake? Their coloration is similar so it’s tough to tell, but remember the rhyme, “red touch yellow, kill a fellow.” Don’t pick snakes up!
This week has been bookended by pelican sightings, with many peppered in-between. However, this photo is NOT of a pelican, it’s a black skimmer skimming the surface to pick up a meal. For reasons known only to themselves, flocks of white pelicans descended on Paynes Prairie early last week, and when I crossed the prairie […]
Where might a hiker encounter a Burmese python? Thankfully, the range – despite recent scares of big snakes in Central Florida, which were pets that were let loose – of the “naturalized” pythons is, according to sources at Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, not too far north. “Wild pythons have been found up to […]