Wildlife declining in Big Cypress National Preserve

WEST PALM BEACH — The decline of Florida panthers, deer and other native wildlife in the Big Cypress National Preserve was highlighted by several speakers at the May 7 meeting of the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force. Due to the concerns about COVID-19, participants gathered online via Zoom. Aliese Priddy said her property borders […]

Panther disorder gets a name; some wild cats euthanized

Just after Christmas, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologists finally gave a name to the apparent neurological disorder first observed in Florida panthers on an couple of remote-camera videos taken back in 2018. The malady has been named “feline leukomyelopathy,” and is evidenced, according to the FWC, by tissue changes in the brain and […]

Protecting sparrows limits flow to Everglades

FORT MYERS — The tiny Cape Sable seaside sparrow is the subject of a big debate. Is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service jeopardizing the health of Florida Bay to save 100 to 200 endangered birds? At the Nov. 14 meeting of the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board at Florida Gulf Coast University […]

Gatorama’s Hatching Festival gets early preview

This coming weekend the annual Alligator Hatching Festival starts its two-week run, while some enthusiasts got a sneak preview this past weekend (they ran out of available eggs Saturday, Aug. 10, so there was that one early hatching day so far). And Wild at Heart wildlife center had its second opening day the same day. […]

Wild at Heart refuge’s open house a big hit

GLADES COUNTY — The animal residents, keepers and many visitors at Wild at Heart wildlife center for their open house last Saturday had a fun day not soon to be forgotten. The proof is in the many photographs taken and posted on social media by quite a few among the slew of people who came […]

Open house set Saturday at Glades County wildlife center

GLADES COUNTY — The public is invited to attend an open house at the Wild at Heart Wildlife Center west of Okeechobee on Saturday, June 29. It will be the last time people in this area will be able to see their tigers Sherkahn and Diamond (a rare white tiger) and their lion Malachi. The […]

Wild at Heart, facing lawyer demand, selling some animals

GLADES COUNTY — Because of their attorney’s demand for payment before the court hearing they face on July 10, Jeremy and Jamie Hargett are now urgently seeking to sell or transfer ownership of animals that live with them at Wild at Heart Wildlife Center. They’re facing an eviction lawsuit by the former owner of the […]

Wild at Heart Wildlife Center could be evicted

GLADES COUNTY — The Wild at Heart Wildlife Center in rural Glades County is once again a source of controversy. Recently, allegations were made on Facebook that the Wild at Heart Wildlife Center on Southwest Rucks Dairy Road was unsafe and poorly maintained; that in the event of a hurricane the public would be in […]

Audubon hosts dinner and photo essays

LaBELLE — Mark your calendars for the Hendry-Glades Audubon May covered-dish dinner and program at Dallas Townsend Agricultural Extension, 1085 Pratt Blvd. in LaBelle, on Monday, May 13. The covered dish dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Bring a side dish or dessert to share. At 7 p.m., Daniela Langley of Daniela Langley Photography will present […]