Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Fisherman Steve Bargeron hooked the giant crustacean at a dock in Fort Pierce. (Photo courtesy Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Facebook page)

Fisherman Catches Nearly 2-Foot-Long Shrimp

Fisherman Steve Bargeron hooked the huge crustacean at a dock in Fort Pierce.


File photo of an alligator. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

500-Pound Alligator Attacks 9-Year-Old Boy In Lake

A 9-year-old boy is recovering after he fought off a 500-pound alligator in a lake, according to wildlife officials.


A Burmese python is seen on display at the registration event and press conference for the start of the 2013 Python Challenge (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Burmese Pythons Hatching All Over Southwest Florida, Increasing Threat To Wildlife

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – Burmese python eggs are hatching all over Southwest Florida, increasing the threat to the native wildlife species. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is asking for help in locating the […]

CBS Tampa–07/15/2014

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Florida Woman Recovering After Bear Attack

Wildlife officials are warning residents to watch out for bears on the move, particularly after a central Florida woman was attacked by a bear outside her home.

CBS Tampa–04/13/2014

File photo of a panther in Florida. (credit: Joe Raedle/Staff/Getty Images)

Panther Released Into The Wild Last Year Has Died

An endangered Florida panther that was rescued as a kitten has died less than a year after being released back into the wild.


File photo of a police car.  (Credit: Comstock/Thinkstock)

2nd Bear Suspected In Woman’s Mauling Euthanized

Another bear has been trapped and euthanized in a central Florida neighborhood where a woman walking her dogs was mauled.

CBS Tampa–12/09/2013

People look on as snake hunter Michael Cole holds a Burmese Python that was captured during a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission nonnative snake hunt training session on February 22, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Florida Won’t Repeat Public Python Hunt Next Year

A public hunt for Burmese pythons in Florida’s Everglades won’t be repeated next year, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman said Monday.

CBS Tampa–11/18/2013

File photo of a person holding a sea turtle egg. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Record Number Of Green Sea Turtle Nests Counted

Florida wildlife officials are reporting a record number of green sea turtle nests.


File photo of a sea turtle.  (credit: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

Storm, Shutdown Hamper Sea Turtle Monitoring

Although Karen lost its punch before it could strike Florida’s Panhandle, rough surf from the storm and the ongoing federal government shutdown hampered efforts on Sunday to monitor sea turtles along some of northwest Florida’s pristine beaches.

CBS Tampa–10/06/2013

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Fish And Wildlife Commission Debates Deer Ban

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Florida Fish and Wildlife commissioners are considering how to protect the state’s deer population from a deadly, mad cow-like disease. Meeting in Pensacola early Friday, the commissioners heard from experts about […]

CBS Tampa–09/06/2013