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Hurricane recovery efforts ongoing. Supporting the communities impacted by Hurricane Michael is one of our biggest priorities right now. The destruction caused by the storm has left many individuals and families in the Panhandle with very limited resources. Our officers are in these impacted areas conducting welfare checks, performing search and rescue, surveying the extensive damage and executing public safety operations. Please continue to follow FLGovScott, MyFWC, and FLSERT on Twitter for more updates. FWC video #Hurricane #Michael #HurricaneMichael #Officers #LawEnforcement #Storm #Video #Florida #MyFWC #FWC #FWCOfficer


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Recovery continues💙 Our officers are working tirelessly to perform search and rescue, welfare checks, reconnaissance and public safety missions for those impacted by Hurricane Michael. If you are in need of food, water or basic supplies, visit a Point of Distribution near you. Swipe up on our Instagram Story for a list of locations. Please continue to follow @FLGovScott, @MyFWC, and @FLSERT for more updates on Twitter. FWC photos #Hurricane #Michael #HurricaneMichael #Officers #LawEnforcement #Storm #Welfare #Florida #MyFWC #FWC #FWCOfficer


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Welfare checks 🏠 Our officers have been in the Panhandle performing welfare checks on those impacted by Hurricane Michael. They go house to house making sure everyone is okay. Please continue to follow FLGovScott, MyFWC, and FLSERT on Twitter for more updates. FWC photos by Officer Ashley Tyer #Hurricane #Michael #HurricaneMichael #Officers #LawEnforcement #Storm #Welfare #Florida #MyFWC #FWC #FWCOfficer


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FWC officers en route 🚔 Our officers are on the way to assist with Hurricane Michael impacts. If you are in an impacted area please to continue to stay off the roads and listen to your local authorities so that our first responders and utility crews can do their jobs. Follow FLGovScott, MyFWC, and FLSERT on Twitter for more updates. FWC video by Carol Lyn Parrish #Hurricane #Michael #HurricaneMichael #Officers #LawEnforcement #Storm #Safety #Florida #MyFWC #FWC #FWCOfficer


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Hurricane Michael landfall 🌪⛈🚔 If there are storm impacts in your area, do not get on the road. Please shelter in place. We have 150 officers ready to respond with a variety of specialized equipment including ATVs, shallow draft boats and 4-wheel drive vehicles. Rapid response efforts continue, with tons of food, water and other critical supplies loaded on trucks ready to move in thanks to Governor Scott’s leadership. Follow FLGovScott, MyFWC, and FLSERT on Twitter for more updates. FWC photos #Hurricane #Michael #HurricaneMichael #Officers #LawEnforcement #Landfall #Storm #Florida #MyFWC #FWC #FWCOfficers


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Hurricane Michael 💨🌊With landfall looming closer, please take the necessary measures to protect yourself and your family. We have law enforcement officers as well as officers from partner agencies standing by for the first wave of response based on potential storm impacts. For up-to-date statewide hurricane information follow us on Twitter at MyFWC. State offices are closed in the areas that may be affected by the hurricane, so we will continue operations after the storm. Stay safe! Image from NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center (10 a.m. Central advisory).#Hurricane #Michael #HurricaneMichael #Safety #LawEnforcement #Response #Storm #MyFWC #FWC #Florida #Panhandle


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Help us combat invasive species! 🐍 Invasive species cause harm to native wildlife, pose a threat to human health and safety or may cause economic damage. More than 500 nonnative species have been reported in Florida. More than 150 of these are now established in the Sunshine State, meaning they are reproducing in the wild. We are taking action to protect wild Florida and prevent the introduction of additional nonnative species into our state and YOU can help. Check out our Facebook at MyFWC to learn more! FWC photos #Invasive #Nonnative #Wildlife #Florida #MyFWC #FWC #YellowAnaconda #Iguana #MonitorLizard #SugarGlider #Python


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BUI offender and poacher arrested. Upon being alerted of reckless boating in the area, our officers went on the lookout for the dangerous boater. As our officers approached a vessel that matched the description they were given, the operator of the boat veered toward a dock and began taking lobster from a cooler and throwing it off the boat. A sobriety test revealed that the boater was under the influence. Further inspection of the boat led to the discovery of 61 spiny lobster, 56 of which were undersized. An out-of-season, undersized stone crab in whole condition was also found on the boat. The boater was cited for these violations and arrested for Boating Under the Influence. While you are enjoying our waters, remember to always put your safety and the safety of those around you first and respect our natural resources. If you suspect a fishing, hunting or other wildlife violation, report it to us via our Wildlife Alert Hotline by calling 888-404-FWCC (3922), #FWC or #FWC on a cellphone, or texting/emailing Tip@MyFWC.com. FWC photo #LawEnforcement #Officer #Case #Boating #Lobster #Wildlife #MyFWC #FWC #Florida #Violation


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Alligators still active in autumn 🍁🐊🍂 It’s officially fall, but as warm weather persists in the Sunshine State, we want to remind you that alligators are still active and visible this time of year. While serious injuries caused by alligators are uncommon, we strongly recommend taking precautions when having fun in and around the water. For safety tips on coexisting with alligators check out our Facebook page at MyFWC! If you have concerns about an alligator, please call our Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR (866-392-4286). FWC photo by Andy Wraithmell #Alligator #AmericanAlligator #Fall #Autumn #Safety #Tips #Wildlife #MyFWC #FWC #Picoftheday #Photooftheday


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2018 Lionfish Challenge WINNERS 🎉 A total of 28,260 lionfish were removed from our waters as part of this year’s Lionfish Challenge! Among all who participated in the program, John McCain of Gilchrist County (left) and Ron Surrency of Duval County (right) reigned supreme as our Lionfish King and Commercial Champion, respectively. Congrats to our winners and to all who contributed to this important removal effort. The 2018 Lionfish Summit is taking place this week in Cocoa Beach where experts are meeting to discuss the impact of the invasive lionfish and the future of research and control efforts. Tune in to our Reef Rangers Facebook page this week to watch Facebook live events! FWC photos #Lionfish #FWCLionfish #Remval #Invasive #Fish #Wildlife #Water #Florida #MyFWC #FWC #Picoftheday #Photooftheday


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Stash your trash! 🐻🗑We received a call about a bear cub with a plastic cheeseball jar stuck on its head, and our experts were able to go to the scene. The adult bear was caught almost immediately, but it took a few hours to capture the cub and its sibling. Once all were successfully captured, our biologist slid a catch pole (a tool similar to what an animal control officer would use to catch a dog) into the trap to hold the plastic jar in place. The cub was then able to pull its head free! The plastic jar could have been fatal for the cub, but thanks to our team, it was able to be released into our robust black bear population! Bears are particularly active this time of year as they consume up to 20,000 calories a day in preparation for the winter. Please help bears avoid dangerous situations like this by securing your trash and make sure to rinse out recyclables. This will also help keep you and your neighbors safe. Check out our Facebook page at MyFWC for the video! If you see a sick, injured or dead black bear, call our 24/7 @WildlifeAlert Hotline at 1-888-404-FWCC (1-888-404-3922). FWC photo #Bear #BlackBear #Cub #Trash #Wildlife #Conservation #MyFWC #FWC #Florida #Picoftheday #Photooftheday


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Living with woodpeckers 😃 Our state is home to eight species of woodpeckers, and each one plays an important part in our ecosystem. They can be a pleasure to watch in your backyard, but sometimes these insect-loving birds create cavities in unfortunate places like our decks or structures. If you’re experiencing this issue, you can try safely discouraging woodpeckers from your property by hanging shiny objects, such as old CDs or pie tins, to scare them away. For more tips like these, listen to our weekly “Living with Wildlife” segment – a minute-long educational segment which airs every Thursday morning at 7:19 a.m. EDT on WFSU Public Media. FWC photo of a red-bellied woodpecker by Andy Wraithmell #Woodpecker #RedbelliedWoodpecker #Bird #BirdsofInstagram #Wildlife #Conservation #Ecosystem #MyFWC #FWC #Picoftheday #Photooftheday


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