FWC working with partners on the 2016 Python Challenge

Posted September 3, 2015 By NewsEngine

Additional partners have joined the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida Inc. for the 2016 Python Challenge™. Lands managed by the South Florida Water Management District, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection will be part of the competition.

“We are pleased by the support of our partners regarding this very important conservation effort to activate the public in becoming part of the long-term solution of managing invasive wildlife in Florida,” said FWC Chairman Brian Yablonski at the Sept. 2 Commission meeting.
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Coastal wild coho seasons set to open beginning Sept. 15

Posted September 3, 2015 By NewsEngine

SALEM, Ore. – Wild coho seasons on many coastal rivers and bays will open beginning Sept. 15. This year rivers in 11 basins on Oregon’s coast will be open for wild coho harvest including Tillamook Bay, Nestucca Bay, Siletz, Yaquina, Alsea, Beaver Creek, Siuslaw, Umpqua, Coos, Coquille and Floras Creek/New River. In addition, Tenmile, Siltcoos and Tahkenitch lakes will have wild coho seasons.

Fishery managers are predicting there will be 206,600 adult wild coho in the ocean this summer, most of which will return to Oregon’s coastal rivers and streams. This is slightly below last year’s predicted return, and significantly lower than the 2014 actual return of 359,624 fish.
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FWC works to reduce human-bear conflicts

Posted September 3, 2015 By NewsEngine

To reduce human-bear conflicts, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is working with multiple partners to achieve a comprehensive approach to dealing with waste management issues related to black bears.

FWC Commissioners at their Sept. 2 meeting in Fort Lauderdale were updated by staff on cooperative efforts underway to work with local governments and waste management companies to help residents secure their garbage and prevent bears from using it as a food source.

The FWC identified 14 counties with the highest level of human-bear conflicts that will be the focus of “Bear Wise” efforts like securing waste, educating residents and businesses, and responding appropriately to bears in communities. Human-bear conflict calls in Florida have increased by 400 percent over the past decade.
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