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May 18, 2018

In a split decision, Florida's First District Court of Appeal ("1st DCA") recently dissolved an injunction against the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission ("FFWC"), as well as an order denying the FFWC's claims for sovereign immunity regarding a takings c...

April 18, 2018

Sue Spector, 77, was recently attacked by a possibly rabid otter while kayaking on the Braden River.  The otter climbed aboard Spector's kayak and began clawing at her face.  The otter did serious damage to Spector's nose and bit off a part of her ear.  The incident wa...

March 12, 2018

A Jensen Beach family found a new tenant in their home around Valentine's Day this year. An "exotic character," specifically a  four-foot-long iguana, was near their washing machine. Paraphrasing the Martin County Sheriff's Office, the unnamed intruder was taken into c...

August 28, 2017

A video recently surfaced on social media showing a shark (possibly a blacktip or spinner) being dragged behind a boat traveling at high speed near Tampa.  This is not the first video of its kind: another video, circulated on social media, showed a man repeatedly shoot...

May 23, 2017

State officials recently raided the home of John Hazzard, 30—a Miami-Dade angler and poultry buyer—in search of a giant sea turtle skull which Hazzard allegedly offered for sale online.  Officials seized two suspected turtle skulls as well as two suspected turtle shell...

April 25, 2017

Victims of dangerous captive wildlife attacks are calling for a change to the law that does not require license holders to carry liability insurance.  These victims call for a change in the law which only requires license holders to either purchase a $2 million dollar...

April 25, 2017

In the political debates about whether a wall should be built between the U.S. and Mexico, little attention has been paid to the impact such a wall would have on animals whose habitats the wall would sever.  An estimated 800 species, of which more than 100 are endanger...

March 24, 2017

On March 4, 2017, the British-owned and Bahamian-flagged cruise ship Caledonian Sky ran aground near West Papua province, Indonesia at low tide.  In the process, the ship severely damaged the coral reefs at Raja Ampat, an island known for some of the world's riche...

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