Urban Wildlife

New single-day high manatee count reported by JU's Marine Science institute

The good news: the latest manatee survey done this week found the highest single-day count since surveys began in 1994. The bad news: heavy boat traffic over Memorial Day Weekend is rapidly approaching.

Tiger Shark, Hammerhead Prohibitions Start Jan. 1

Tiger Shark, Hammerhead Prohibitions Start Jan. 1


The recreational and commercial harvest of tiger sharks and smooth, scalloped and great hammerhead sharks will be prohibited in Florida state waters beginning Jan. 1.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved the management change at its Nov. 16 Commission meeting in an effort to further protect these top predators.

October is Peak Flea Season


According to a recent survey of dog owners in the Jacksonville area, 75 percent of dog owners consider their canine a member of the family, yet only 14 percent were able to correctly identify October as the month when flea population peaks.

Over the past five years, flea infestation in dogs nationwide has increased by 16 percent. Despite the growing flea infestation, local dog owners have limited knowledge about fleas and their potential impact on the family. For example, many pet owners would be surprised to learn that adult fleas represent only 5% of the flea population – the other 95% exist as eggs, maggot-like larvae and pupae hiding in and around your home. And, only 20% of local pet owners are aware that fleas can carry diseases.

Stinky Home Invasion

Stinky Home Invasion

PALM BEACH, FL- When a Palm Beach couple went to visit their relatives for their 58th wedding anniversary, they did not expect to have house sitters while they were away, and surely not such smelly ones.

While the Florida couple, Bill & Stephanie Palieri, were away, an estimated 10 skunks entered their house through a window that was left open and made themselves right at home.

We Want Your Pet Pics

"Ziggy the Shar-pei Sleeping" has inspired us to create a new photo gallery, starring your pets! Send your pet pics to mycommunity@firstcoastnews.com.