In spring, alligators become more active as the days warm up. It’s also mating season, so alligators are on the move. Expect to see them anywhere and everywhere along Florida’s trails.
Articles and blogs about encounters with Florida wildlife
Visiting this Seminole County preserve for the first time, a string of excellent wildlife sightings culminates in seeing three bears at the trailhead.
Last Monday, we decided to visit an area behind a familiar trailhead. Sandy had noticed the unlocked gate before, so we decided to check it out. The gate led us to a slightly worn path and then an old sugar sand road. Walking along I noticed small bear prints in the white sand. They were […]
On Saturday March 28, a young hiker was attacked by a bobcat in Withlacoochee State Forest. The bobcat got away and entered private property, where it attacked a man who killed it in self-defense. Here’s the full story from the news release just issued from FWC: A bobcat attacked two people in separate incidents in […]
“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.
An unexpected eye-to-eye encounter with a bald eagle from the top of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse in 2011, before it closed due to hurricane damage.
The wilds of the Big Cypress Swamp have yielded many interesting species, from ghost orchids to freshwater sponges. Just last week, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission announced a surprising and unexpected find during their first-ever bat monitoring program at Picayune Strand State Forest, part of the Big Cypress ecosystem. – the bonneted bat. […]
Alligators attacking – it rates way up there on fears about hiking in Florida. Last Friday, I happened to catch a battle between two alligators at Green Cay Wetlands, one of my favorite wildlife spotting hikes, in Boynton Beach. Even better, it went on long enough that I caught it on film … and video. […]
Paynes Prairie in Gainesville is drying up. With the extended drought and dropping water levels, the alligators are getting more and more concentrated into the bodies of water that are remaining. This is not a time to be roaming about without caution on North Florida’s most vast prairie, but it is a good time to […]
Just saw this article via ABC Action News / Tampa regards Florida panther encounters being on the rise throughout the state. They mention one such encounter at the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, which has two trails that get you out into panther habitat. A researcher working in an area closed to the public (although […]