FWC approves bear hunting in certain areas & removal solutions for residents

FWC approves bear hunting in certain areas & removal solutions for residents

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) continued its long-standing, proactive approach to bear management at its meeting in Sarasota on June 24. FWC Commissioners approved several bear-related rules that address a wide variety of tools to manage bears. In summary, Commissioners approved changes to strengthen the wildlife feeding rule. Commissioners also approved changes […]

Investigation open after family pet slain

Investigation open after family pet slain

Sparr, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has opened an investigation following the June 13 shooting of a family pet. On June 15, Ocala Post reported that Madelyn Parker, of Sparr, found the family dog, Ziek, shot dead through the head. Parker said that Ziek never left the yard, but because he was extremely […]

Family heartbroken after family pet found slain

Family heartbroken after family pet found slain

Sparr, Florida — A family is grieving after the tragic loss of one of their two dogs. Madelyn Parker, of Sparr, said the last few days have been very traumatic for her family after they found that their pet dog, Ziek, had been shot dead. It has been especially devastating for her 5-year-old son, Easton. Parker […]

Dog thief caught

Dog thief caught

Ocala, Florida — A pit bull that was stolen from the Humane Society while they were attending an adoption event at PetSmart on May 30, has been recovered. According to a press release, today, Ocala Police Officer Sergeant Erica Hay responded to the Marion County Humane Society to check on three dogs she had recently […]

Animal services reduces cat adoption fees

Animal services reduces cat adoption fees

Ocala, Florida — Adopt a Shelter Cat Month does not start until June, but kitten season has already begun and Marion County Animal Services has countless cats (well, almost) looking for homes. This summer, residents can adopt all of the fun, love, and entertainment that a pet cat can provide for a reduced adoption fee. The adoption […]

“Down the drain” animal rescue

“Down the drain” animal rescue

Polk County Sheriff’s Office Facebook fan Ramon Gonzalez snapped several photos of the Davenport Fire Department and PCSO Animal Control Officer Kami Scarborough, as they attempted an animal rescue. They responded to the area after someone reported hearing a kitten meowing in the drainage system off of US Highway 17-92. They worked together as a […]

Open House: Low cost spay and neuter clinic

Open House: Low cost spay and neuter clinic

Saturday, April 25, 2015, Misfit Spay and Neuter Clinic is hosting an Open House event. The staff invites you to celebrate their long awaited, and highly needed plan of reducing the homeless pet euthanasia rates in central Florida. Open house will be held at 220 North Rockingham Avenue, Tavares, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. […]

Firefighters saved 5 dogs from fire

Firefighters saved 5 dogs from fire

Ocklawaha, Florida — Friday, Firefighter Paramedics responded to a structure fire, located at 12361 Southeast 135th Court, Ocklawaha, and were able to save the family’s pets. Five dogs were pulled from the flames: Bingo, Shadow, Bear, Bo, and Buddy. All of the pets are recovering and doing well. According to reports, firefighters were on scene […]

Gag grouper season approaches for certain areas

Gag grouper season approaches for certain areas

State waters off the coast of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson, and Taylor counties will open to recreational harvest of gag grouper starting April 1, 2015. This regional season will remain open through June 30, with the first day of the closure being July 1. The season also includes all waters of Apalachicola Bay and Indian Pass, […]

Eleventh Hour for Animals files complaint against UF

Eleventh Hour for Animals files complaint against UF

Ocala, Florida — “On Monday, Eleventh Hour For Animals filed a complaint with the USDA demanding a mandatory federal investigation into the secret and potentially illegal “research” conducted by the University of Florida on wild monkeys along the Silver River in Marion County, Florida,” Eleventh Hour’s Senior Lab Investigator, Karen Kline wrote in an e-mail. […]

Where’s the beef?

Where’s the beef?

[Last updated on March 17, 2015, at 2:46 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — Cattle rancher Rufus Lomsby reported that someone made forcible entry to his cow pasture, located at 6000 Southwest Highway 200, Ocala, and stole one of his cows. Lomsby told Deputy Matthew Schultheis that the gate to his pasture had been removed from its […]

No more elephants for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®

No more elephants for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®

Ellenton, Florida — The Feld Family, owners of Feld Entertainment, Inc., the parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, announced plans Thursday to remove Asian elephants from their traveling circus performances. Under the plan, 13 elephants currently traveling with the three Ringling Bros. circus units would be relocated to the Ringling Bros. Center […]

Ex-employees come forward & inspection described as laughable after eagle poisoning

Ex-employees come forward & inspection described as laughable after eagle poisoning

[Last updated on February 19, 2015, at 9:32 p.m.] Correction: A previous version of this article stated “the animal shelter euthanizes anything under three pounds,” when it is actually two pounds. Also, the word “allegedly” was added before the word “poisoned.” Statements from Marion County Public Information Manager, Barbra Hernández, APR have also been included. […]

Plans move forward for bear hunting

Plans move forward for bear hunting

Florida — In response to rapidly increasing conflicts and several incidents where bears seriously injured people, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is building on its long-standing, proactive approach to bear management. At its February 4, meeting in Jacksonville, the FWC approved a plan to move forward with a variety of tools to […]

Bald eagles allegedly poisoned by euthanized animals dumped at Marion County Baseline Landfill

Bald eagles allegedly poisoned by euthanized animals dumped at Marion County Baseline Landfill

  [Last updated February 6, 2015, at 10:46 p.m.] Ocala, Florida —The bald eagle—the symbol of our nation—which is protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, faces a new threat in Marion County today. Michelle Whitfield, head of the wildlife department at the Animis Foundation, said bald eagles and other wildlife are being […]

UF researches discovered rare virus in ticks thought to have vanished

UF researches discovered rare virus in ticks thought to have vanished

Gainesville, Florida — University of Florida researchers have discovered a rare virus that belongs to the family Arenaviridae. Some arenaviruses are associated with severe hemorrhagic disease and has had a significant mortality in people in South America and sub-Saharan Africa. The virus was thought to have vanished four decades ago. Dr. Katherine Sayler, and her […]

FWC: Snook season to reopen for anglers

FWC: Snook season to reopen for anglers

Florida — The recreational harvest season for snook reopens on February 1, 2015, in Florida’s Atlantic coastal and inland waters (from the Miami-Dade/Monroe county line north), including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River. The season will remain open through May 31. In the Atlantic, anglers may keep one snook per day that is not less […]

Two arrested after assaulting teen; witnesses described them as trash

Two arrested after assaulting teen; witnesses described them as trash

[Last updated at 2:38 p.m., January 22, 2015, to include information from a second report received from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office] Ocala, Florida — Deputies responded to a mobile home park in Ocala, following reports of a male suspect assaulting a 17-year-old female victim. Upon making contact with the victim, deputies learned that Tayon […]