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    Duck hunters should be aware of the daily bag limit for mallards has been reduced to two birds, of which only one may be female. “Since 1998, mallard populations in eastern North America have steadily declined by approximately 20%. Over...
    A beluga whale was recorded playing with a rugby ball being tossed by a group of people on a boat. The footage was recorded by Alon Kowen, who captioned it: "Beluga Whale celebrating the Springboks victory somewhere close to the...
    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has charged two suspects for poaching thousands of Florida’s native turtles from the wild and selling them illegally in multiple counties in Florida, with final destinations in international markets. These charges...
    Hunters now have an online option to comply with new deer harvest reporting requirements. You can log (Step 1) your harvest using a paper deer harvest log and report (Step 2) online. Hunters still have the option to log...
    A Florida man wanted for the murder of Peggy Schiering, 80, and sexually assaulting and kidnapping an 18-year-old, has been captured. On Saturday, October 12, 2019, the Atlanta Police Department arrested 30-year-old Taiwan Blandin of Frostproof for Carjacking, Escape, Aggravated...
      The Florida couple, Edmond and Gloria Lancaster, who visited a truck top petting zoo have been charged with Criminal Trespassing and Violation of Leash Laws. Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office officials said, after watching a truck stop surveillance video,  the couple's...
    Belleview, Florida — The Marion County School Board hired a pest control company and will need to pay an additional $18,000 on top of the $30,000 already spent to remove bats from Belleview High School. The bats began congregating at...
    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is reminding people to help prevent conflicts with bears by securing garbage and other items that might attract these animals. In the fall, Florida black bears begin preparing for the winter by...
    With so much rain and rising water comes Florida nature. Imagine finding a cottonmouth, a.k.a water moccasin, a.k.a viper, right outside the door of your home. Well, on Tuesday, that is exactly what happened to one woman and her little boy. At...
    A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) investigation led to the arrests on Friday, Aug. 9, of three suspects in Levy and Pinellas counties for violating state laws pertaining to illegally harvesting and selling various fish and wildlife....
    Florida -- Democratic Senator Lauren Book has introduced a bill that would ban the declawing cats in Florida, unless medically necessary. Like New York, if the bill is passed, veterinarians would face a $1,000 fine if they declaw a cat...
    Marion County -- Marion County Animal Services is seeking the public's help in finding the person(s), who, on Friday, left a dog at MCAS. As you can see from the picture, the dog was in very bad condition. The dog was...
    Marion County Animal Services is offering free pet adoptions from July 2 to July 6. Typically, the adoption fee for dogs and cats is $50. All animals are spayed/neutered and vaccinated. For more information call 352-671-8700.  
    The City Council on June 18 voted in favor of residents to have backyard chickens. The vote passed 3-2 -- Council members Brent Malever and Jay Musleh voted against the ordinance. Ocala residents will now be allowed to have up to...
    Due to receiving a number of adverse event reports, Cargill is expanding the scope of recall of select Southern States® feed due to aflatoxin levels that exceed FDA’s action levels. These reports are currently being investigated to determine if they...
    Summerfield -- Marion County Animal Services served a search warrant at 14255 Southeast 100th Avenue following an anonymous tip. When investigators arrived, they found 38 dogs and several diamondback rattlesnakes, at which time the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission...
    A Citra man was arrested Monday after a witness reported that she saw the man having sex with a miniature horse named Jackie G. According to Marion County sheriffs detectives, other witnesses came forward during the investigation. During questioning, Nicholas Anthony Sardo, 21,...
    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is requesting public input as staff improves rules for non-native species. The potential changes will affect rules related to the importation of high-risk species and include possible additions to the Prohibited...
    Mrs. Amyotte, a resident of Ocala, said that on August 25, under the darkness of night, someone stole her family's baby miniature donkey from her yard. "The baby is only two days old and needs its mother," said Mrs. Amyotte. The...
    TeachKind, the humane education division of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) based in California, is now using the drowning of two raccoons and an opossum at Forest High School earlier this month to push their agenda. FHS...