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It’s Coyote Season Again

It’s Coyote Season Again

Over the years I have received many calls from beach residents with concerns about coyotes.  Encounters with this animal can be unnerving for many and the most common time of year for them is winter. A friend of mine who lives in the central part of Escambia County,...

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Needlefish of the Florida Panhandle

Needlefish of the Florida Panhandle

I remember first seeing a needlefish as a young boy on Pensacola Beach.  We were either playing or snorkeling in Santa Rosa Sound and one of these long, sleek, “barracuda” looking fish swam by cruising the surface of the water.  Your first reaction is danger.  They...

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Batfish of the Florida Panhandle

Batfish of the Florida Panhandle

This is another one of those fish in this series that is not often seen but when you do see one you will ask “what is that?” – So, we will answer the question by including it here.   Like the frogfish we have already written about, batfish are described by Hoese...

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The Coachwhip Snake

The Coachwhip Snake

By Dr. Steve A. Johnson, Department of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation, University of Florida As I was pondered writing about snakes for Panhandle Outdoors, an email notification appeared on my computer screen: “Snake in Pensacola Bay”. As a State Extension...

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