In this Issue:
  • Who is the Creature That Causes Red Tide: Information on Karenia brevis
  • Which Local Creatures Eat Venomous Snakes?
  • Bats in a Building: What Can You Do?
  • The American Alligator: a new nuisance for the panhandle?
  • Steps for Dealing with Nuisance Wildlife
  • Choosing the Right Tools is Key to Successful Feral Hog Management
  • Nuisance Species

    Who is the Creature That Causes Red Tide: Information on Karenia brevis

    When I was in high school we were required to take a semester of communism during our senior year – the idea was to “know the enemy”. That is what we plan to do here… But, the enemy is a microscopic plant.   Its name is Karenia brevis.  It is one of about 10 species …

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    Which Local Creatures Eat Venomous Snakes?

    In my job, I get many calls about snakes. Most people want to know how to tell a venomous from a nonvenomous one and how to keep them out of the yard.  I was recently reading a new book out by Dr. Sean Graham entitled American Snakes and in the chapter on snake defenses, he …

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    Bats in a Building: What Can You Do?

    All 13 species of bats that live in Florida sleep during the day and feed on insects throughout the night. Most of these bats sleep in natural structures such as trees and caves. But when the natural structures these bats prefer are limited or vandalized, the bats may move into buildings. Bats are a great …

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    The American Alligator: a new nuisance for the panhandle?

    I recently saw a photograph of an American Alligator (Alligator mississppiensis) crossing Perdido Key Drive on a heavy rain day.  This encounter would surprise some, and unnerve many.  The majority of the nuisance wildlife calls I receive are for snakes.  I have never received a call for an alligator but no doubt, my colleagues in …

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    Steps for Dealing with Nuisance Wildlife

    As a County Agent, I receive a wide variety of calls from clients relating to wildlife. The majority of these calls are quite positive; clients need help improving wildlife habitat or simply need a creature identified to satisfy their curiosity. However, from time to time, situations develop where wildlife behavior becomes a nuisance to a …

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    Choosing the Right Tools is Key to Successful Feral Hog Management

    Despite efforts by public and private land managers, feral hog populations continue to rise in many areas in Florida.  Feral hogs damage crop fields, lawns, wetlands, and forests.  They can negatively impact native species of plants and animals.  Their rooting leads to erosion and decreased water quality. There are several options for controlling feral hogs.  Choosing …

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