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New Species Of Bass Discovered In Florida
2013-05-08 14:15:09

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists in Florida recently announced that they have discovered a new species of black bass in the southeastern United States. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) researchers say they discovered the newly christened "Choctaw bass" during a genetic study of bass in 2007. Scientists discovered a DNA profile that did not belong to any species while testing other bass species in the Chipola River in 2007....

Huge Eyeball Found On Florida Beach: Squid or Swordfish?
2012-10-12 10:11:52

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Finding artifacts washed ashore on beaches around the globe are fairly common occurrences. Finding marine animals and their body parts are just as common. However, when the body parts tend to be like what a Pompano Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Florida resident recently discovered, people may immediately get a queasy feeling building in the pit of their stomachs. That´s because the body part, found by Gino Covacci as he was taking...

2010-05-21 06:00:00

LAKE WORTH, Fla., May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Bass fishermen will want to stow a digital camera in the tackle box this summer for a chance to win $1 million for catching a record largemouth bass anywhere in Florida. BountyFishing.com, the place where anglers compete for cash prizes uploading photos of the biggest fish, announced on May 21 the Florida Million Dollar Bass Bounty - an Internet-managed tournament that will pay $1 million to the fisherman who sets the new state largemouth bass...

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2009-11-06 14:41:42

Officials in Florida say they are seeing more invasive species of snakes entering into the warm semi-tropic climate. "Compounding their risk to native species and ecosystems is that these snakes mature early, produce large numbers of offspring, travel long distances, and have broad diets that allow them to eat most native birds and mammals," Gordon Rodda, scientist at the Fort Collins Science Center, told AFP. Rodda recently issued a report to the US Geological Survey noting that there...

2009-07-31 14:28:16

Florida wildlife authorities said a 17-foot, 2-inch Burmese python was captured and destroyed on a private property in Okeechobee County. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said the 207-pound reptile, which was captured and killed Thursday, did not have a pet microchip required for those snakes considered reptiles of concern, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported Friday. "Its stomach contents were examined, but nothing identifiable was found inside,'' the commission said in...

2008-09-22 18:00:19

By MATT COLEMAN The rare addax antelope that roam John Shaw's Putnam County animal sanctuary are gentle and graceful to behold. That is why he was so distraught when farm employees Sunday came upon one's bullet-pierced carcass inside a fenced pasture at Pheenix Farm near Country Road 315 and Hewitt County Road. The addax had recently given birth, and its calf went without milk for a day while it cowered near its mother. Shaw said employees found the dehydrated calf nearby and tried to...

2008-09-15 18:00:18

By JIM SUTTON The coming week will be one of big meetings, big issues and potentially big trouble for anglers from North Carolina down to the Florida Keys. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will discuss some important issues when it meets Wednesday through Friday in Jacksonville. And the South Atlantic Fisheries Council will meet Monday through Friday in Charleston, S.C. In the case of the FWC, even though the gathering is here, it's still 24 hours of meetings....

2008-06-27 12:03:10

By Anita Hardin, The Orlando Sentinel, Fla. Jun. 27--Those 8 to 18 are invited from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday to the auditorium of the Lake County Agricultural Center at 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares for the introductory day of World Cultural Exploration. Additional programs will be presented from 10 a.m. to noon July 3, 7, 9 and 11. "The World Cultural Exploration will provide students with a unique and valuable learning experience," said Christopher Catanzaro, 4-H agent with the Lake...

2008-06-21 15:00:29

By Anita Hardin, The Orlando Sentinel, Fla. Jun. 21--The Golden Triangle YMCA will offer soccer camps from 9 a.m. to noon or 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through June 27; June 30-July 4; and July 28-Aug. 1. The weekly fee is $75 for members; or $105 for nonmembers (current YMCA soccer participants); or $130 for non-YMCA participants. This summer, two soccer coaches from Europe will conduct a free soccer demonstration at 4 p.m. today at the YMCA, 1465 David Walker Drive, Tavares. To attend...


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Florida Black Bear, Ursus americanus floridanus
2013-05-17 11:12:26

The Florida black bear (Ursus americanus floridanus) is a subspecies of the American black bear. It once held a range that included Florida and southern areas of Georgia and Alabama. Today it occurs in these areas and in southern Mississippi, but its range is now fragmented. This species prefers a habitat within forested areas like sand-pine scrub, wetlands, oak scrub, and upland hardwood forests. This is the only species of bear to prefer a subtropical habitat. The Florida black bear...

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