Hunting theme no longer mandatory in US duck stamp contest

Artists will no longer have to incorporate hunting imagery to win a coveted spot for their work on the federal duck stamp, a reversal of a Trump-era requirement. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it’s eliminating the “celebrating our waterfowl hunting heritage” theme from its annual Federal Duck Stamp contest, a change that goes […]

Wildlife services work to protect native bat species from extinction in Florida

The Florida bonneted bat, found only in the Sunshine State, is on the verge of extinction. It’s the state’s largest bat species. And, without our help, the mosquito-eating flyer will die off. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission wants to designate the bat’s home in Charlotte and Collier counties as critical habitat. We looked at […]

Wildlife agency concerned for Florida panthers due to state roadway proposal

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it has serious concerns about the Southwest-Central Florida Connector slated to run from Collier County to Polk County. Although the exact location for the roadway remains uncertain, we have reported panthers often dies along roads in Hendry County and Collier due to busy streets running through panther habitat. A […]