It Is Over!

A beautiful Black Bear Cub. Will we ever see another one? Picture credit: Unknown   Score Scott and Company ONE, Florida Black Bears  Zero! I had to compose myself before writing this, it took some time. Yesterday in Tallahassee, Judge Reynolds, who I am reasonably sure was appointed by Scott, said that the FWCC had every right and indeed, every responsibility to order […]

This King has left the building!

A juvenile King Cobra Picture credit:  Biomedicinal   After living in so many places before coming to Florida in 2004, it was only a matter a time before this would happen. And it did. Within a few months of moving here, there it was one day, curled up on the black mat at our back door, waiting for […]

Trust No One~

A magnificent Florida Panther Picture credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers   On our news this morning was a completely unexpected revelation. It came, they said, from the Executive Director of the FWC although, they did not mention Nick Wiley by name. Was this an accident, or requested? It seems that Nick Wiley may or may not have […]

Wiley’s Whims!

Our magnificent Florida Panther Photo credit: Florida Panther page   According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a whim is: ” a capricious or eccentric and often sudden idea or turn of the mind.” Lately, it appears that Nick Wiley is having a turn of the mind, or rethinking many things, including, Panthers, Black Bears, to hunt or not to hunt […]

A Sturgeon Warning

An Ancient Gulf Sturgeon Photo credit: USFWS   This will be quite brief/abrupt and to the point. We had an unnecessary tragedy here over the Holiday weekend. A 5-year-old child was killed by a Gulf Sturgeon jumping into the boat she and her family were in. It happened on the Suwannee River near Tallahassee in the Florida […]

Double Entendre or Controlled Florida Bear Hunting

And coming soon to Florida! Picture credit: William A. Troyer – US Fish and Wildlife Service   In the little publicized, poorly defined FFWS meeting in Jacksonville yesterday, not much was really accomplished or confirmed about the plan to renew Black Bear hunting in this state. We still do not really know exactly how, when, where or what is going […]

Ishi, et al.

Our baby Ishi, so far, the only child of our sweet Harriet   Not wishing to put you all to sleep or bore you yesterday with a excruciatingly long post, I decided to split it in half, this then, is part two. All the news today is not  bad, some of it is actually wonderful. […]

We Are Their Only Hope

          Brown Pelican, Black Bear cub and Rhinos   It has been entirely too long since I have been able to share any news about wildlife with all of you, so today’s posting will address several issues, I apologize and hope that you have a big pot of coffee nearby~ To begin this morning,  and it […]

No More!

Tilikum “performing” at Sea World Orlando Picture credit:  David R. Tribble   Today, I am both delighted and beyond proud, to be a part of a group of people, a Global Community that  took on the Giant Sea World, and according to our local news here this  morning, has likely brought the Giant to its […]

Deadly Silence

Hide baby, you’re safe, for now! Picture credit: MWanner   Try to picture this scene. You are strolling along a path in the lovely, tranquil Ocala Forest of Central Florida, walking with your wife/husband and children, when suddenly without warning, you are shot, perhaps killed. There had not been a sound. So, how did this tragedy happen […]

You’re On Your Own!

The Tiger Shark is a regular visitor to Florida Beaches. Picture credit: Albert Kok   This story has been on our local news for several days and it has Floridians divided,  once again. I truly did not want to write about this, but the story will not go away. Those who fish of course, are completely opposed […]

Naughty Nudists

Royal Terns on Passage Key Wildlife Refuge in Florida Picture credit: USFWS   When this came on our Noon News yesterday, at first I thought that it must be a joke, but as it turned out, it was quite the opposite. A Florida Wildlife Refuge on the Gulf Coast near Tampa, called Passage Key, with a resident population of rare Native birds […]

Murdered, why?

Our beloved Gopher Tortoise Harriet, on her way back to her tunnel after eating.   Yesterday our local news, as usual, found a heinous, outrageous story about an animal that had been tortured and killed. It had been murdered. The animal at the center of this media firestorm, was an Endangered Gopher Tortoise. As it was airing  yesterday,  I looked […]

Guilty!

Beautiful, Bashful, Black Bear Cubs~ Picture credit:  FWC   I am sure that you all remember the horrific stories written  here about the Seven Black Bears,  that were killed in the Orlando area recently. It was a sad, sad, sickening thing to have to write about and watch unfold. Many hearts were broken,  as this story was on the […]

Cadet one, Gator zero!

The educational experience of a lifetime! “An environmental education student gets to feel the back of a young alligator on the refuge” Please do observe the tape around the young gator’s mouth to protect all involved! Picture credit: Steve Hillebrand,  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Public Domain)   Just now while having our lunch, this story […]

Ethics Be Dammed

The magnificent,  soon likely to be extinct, Florida Panther Picture credit: The Florida Panther page   Just now on our lunchtime news,   was a story about our Governor’s  supposed questionable connection to some of the very same  Companies that had recently been given permission to drill for oil by our DEP  in Collier County. They  said, that he owns a […]

A Day of Animal Mourning

A Florida Panther, Everglades National Park 2005 National Park Service Photo by Rodney Cammauf   While watching Sam Champion on the Weather Channel this morning, I was painfully reminded,  that today is  “Endangered Species Day.” Today is shamefully called National,  or is it Global Endangered Species Day? This day was apparently created nearly a decade ago, by the US […]

Branson’s Bunch~

Sir Richard Branson at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development June,  2012 Picture credit:  UNclimatechange   When going through my mail this morning,  a surprising story presented itself. The unexpected subject of this great news, is not one who normally comes to mind when thinking of Endangered Wildlife, but there he was,  right there in my mailbox, […]

Numbers!

A Florida Black Bear Cub Picture credit:  FWC **An update 4/17/2014  5 AM** FWC  just announced that there will be fines and possible jail time for anyone caught feeding Bears. This comes too late for SEVEN Black Bears!   Today with heavy and trouble heart,  I am imploring you to do something for an animal that […]

Paul’s Pelicans

The Paul Kroegel Memorial in  Sebastian, Florida Picture credit: Ebyabe   Like many of you, I am sure, my Ancestors came to America from so many places. One of them was my Grandfather who was from Prussia,  a place that no longer exists and is now called Germany. At home,  he primarily spoke in German to […]

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