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  • State investigating possible crocodile encounter

    State investigating possible crocodile encounter
    State wildlife officers are investigating a possible encounter between two kayakers and an American crocodile near Key Largo. As they paddled early Thursday morning in Sexton Cove, their kayak struck something in the water and overturned. “While...
  • Uncontained fire scorches heart of Big Cypress

    Uncontained fire scorches heart of Big Cypress
    A wildfire has burned more than 16,400 acres of Big Cypress National Preserve, threatening endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers and Florida panthers. The fire, located in the remote heart of the preserve between Tamiami Trail and Alligator Alley, began...
  • Lake Okeechobee hits lowest level since 2008

    Lake Okeechobee hits lowest level since 2008
    Lake Okeechobee, South Florida’s backup water supply, dropped to its lowest level since 2008 when its water level dipped Saturday below 10 feet above sea level. By Monday the lake hit 9.89 feet – 2 feet below normal and more than 4 feet below...
  • Power plant proposed for panther habitat

    Power plant proposed for panther habitat
    A large power plant with smokestacks up to 150 feet high has been proposed for a patch of Florida panther habitat south of Lake Okeechobee, setting up what is likely to be a bitter fight with environmentalists. Eddie Garcia, a Palm Beach Gardens...
  • Feds reject new territory for Florida panthers

    Feds reject new territory for Florida panthers
    A petition to reintroduce the Florida panther to part of its historic range in northern Florida and southern Georgia was rejected Friday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, ¬†even though the agency’s own recovery plan calls for expanding the...
  • Everglade snail kite nests abandoned as Lake O level falls

    Everglade snail kite nests abandoned as Lake O level falls
    Everglade snail kites abandoned their young to die at six nests on Lake Okeechobee over the past week, as the pumping of water from the lake for farms and cities dried up the birds' foraging areas. The birds build nests in vegetation over the water to...
  • Pumps to keep Lake Okeechobee water moving south, despite environmental threats

    Pumps to keep Lake Okeechobee water moving south, despite environmental threats
    Pumps will be added to keep drought-strained Lake Okeechobee’s water flowing south, despite environmental objections about draining wildlife habitat. While that will help irrigate sugar cane fields and potentially boost community water supplies,...
  • Power plant in panther habitat wins zoning approval

    Power plant in panther habitat wins zoning approval
    A large power plant proposed for Florida panther habitat south of Lake Okeechobee passed an important hurdle Tuesday when the Hendry County Commission voted unanimously to rezone 3,127 acres of ranch land for the project. Eddie Garcia, a Palm Beach...
  • Black bear to be removed from Florida endangered species list

    Black bear to be removed from Florida endangered species list
    The Florida black bear and 15 other species were approved for removal from the state endangered species list Wednesday, in a decision that supporters and opponents both say could open the door to bear hunting. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation...
  • Water managers trying to avoid taking more Everglades water to ease drought

    Water managers trying to avoid taking more Everglades water to ease drought
    Water managers so far don’t plan to dip deeper into the Everglades to help ease South Florida’s water supply woes during the lingering drought. One of the South Florida Water Management District’s last-resort measures during past...
  • Nile monitor sightings increase in Broward, Palm Beach

    Nile monitor sightings increase in Broward, Palm Beach
    Nile monitors, fearsome African lizards that can grow more than seven feet long, have turned up in growing numbers in Broward and Palm Beach counties. Nine have been seen around the C-51 canal along Southern Boulevard in West Palm Beach, according to the...