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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...
Marion County — The Florida Department of Health in Marion County stated Thursday that a raccoon in the Sparr/Anthony area tested positive for rabies. The raccoon was tested for the rabies virus after an interaction with a domestic animal...
School Superintendent Heidi Maier says that the Forest High School agriculture teacher, Dewie Brewton, who enlisted students to help him drown two nuisance raccoons and an opossum, should be fired. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is still investigating the...
Law enforcement officials are investigating a Forest High School teacher, Dewie Brewton, who allegedly drown two raccoons and an opossum in an agriculture class. The incident was made public after a student showed his mother a video of the animals...
Summerfield, Florida -- The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a mobile home fire Monday that left four adults without a home. The American Red Cross has since stepped in to help. Marion County Fire Rescue (MCFR) was dispatched to the 17000...
  Following a four-month-long investigation, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), along with the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office announced charges against three fishermen in connection with a video of a shark being dragged behind a boat at...
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) today approved a new Critical Wildlife Area in Volusia County. The small island, known as Port Orange Colony and now approved as a CWA, shelters hundreds of brown pelicans during nesting season....
Anthony, Florida -- A 68-year-old Anthony man was arrested for cutting the tails off of five kittens. James Steele Reid committed the heinous crime in September but was not arrested until Monday, November 27. Reid, who volunteers at a family farm,...