Urban Wildlife

Warm Weather Means Active Alligators and Crocodiles

Warm Weather Means Active Alligators and Crocodiles

The onset of warm weather in the spring is when Florida's alligators and crocodiles start getting active, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds Floridians and visitors to be cautious when having fun in and around water.

Firefighters Rescue Ducks Stuck in Sewer

Firefighters Rescue Ducks Stuck in Sewer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Firefighters responded to a rescue call in the Regency area Wednesday afternoon that was a little different.

Crews were sent to save some ducks that had gotten stuck in the sewer near the Crispers Restaurant on Commerce Parkway.

They were able to get them out and then release them safely afterwards.

 

 

Dog Attacks Pregnant Woman, Lunges at Animal Control

Dog Attacks Pregnant Woman, Lunges at Animal Control

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  A pregnant woman, who was attacked by a pit bull in Arlington this morning, was treated for cuts to her head.

A 2-and-a-half-year-old dog named Midnight was chained in the yard of a home in the 900 block of North Street in Arlington, police said.

According to Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Sgt. M. Miller, the dog broke the chain holding it and attacked a pregnant woman, causing lacerations to her head. The woman was taken to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The woman was at the home handling business for the resident who lived there and is hospitalized. She was at the mailbox when the attack occurred, said the owner of the dog.

Midnight barked and lunged at animal control officers trying to take the dog away. His owner, as well as neighbors, said the dog was never a problem.

Police and animal control have no have past complaints on the dog.

Marine Biologist Discusses Environmental Impact on Bottlenose Dolphins

Marine Biologist Discusses Environmental Impact on Bottlenose Dolphins

Dr. Quincy Gibson, a marine mammal biologist at the University of North Florida, will present “Growing up in Jacksonville: Potential Effects of a Metropolitan Environment on the Social Lives of Bottlenose Dolphins” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, at UNF’s University Center, Building 43. The lecture is free and open to the public.

First Coast No More Homeless Pets Needs Donations

The first Food Bank distribution event was held on March 13, 2010. Every month since, food has been given to pets who owners have experienced financial hardships. To date, almost 175,000 pound of dog and cat food has been given, feeding thousands of pets on the First Coast.

This program uses NO taxpayer dollars. All food is raised through donations and food drives. All of the staffing is by volunteering, and the program operates on a very small budget, buying the few necessary supplies from cash donations.

FWC Proposes Catch-and-Release Only for Bonefish

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) proposed draft rules on Wednesday that would allow only catch-and-release fishing for bonefish, a premier saltwater game fish in Florida.  The proposed rules would also establish new provisions regarding the possession of bonefish by anglers and the possession and transport of bonefish during bonefish fishing tournaments.

FWC Considers Extending Alligator Hunting Hours

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) directed staff to advertise a rule amendment to extend alligator hunting hours. Commissioners will vote on it at their June meeting.