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Pet microchip initiative aims to cut down on invasive iguana species in Florida

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. – The state of Florida is hoping that a new chipping plan will help them cut back on invasive species. Chipping a pet can help reunite pets with their owners when they get lost, but now could help determine whether an animal is a pet or a pest. John Paeno of Bonita Springs has a pet green iguana that he found when he was a baby. “I reached out an a grabbed it, and brought it, up and said it’s a little baby iguana!” Paeno said. That was months ago when FWC was considering adding them and Tegus to the state’s prohibited species list...

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Algal bloom killing fish at Port Charlotte Beach Park

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.–Charlotte County is seeing a large amount of dead fish washing up on its shores. Scientists are working to figure out what killed them. “Any kill is bad, you know, but what can I say? I’m a fisherman and its not a nice thing for me to see.” said Bob Imsho, of Punta Gorda  For weeks, Port Charlotte Beach Park in Port Charlotte has had medium concentrations of Red Tide according to FWC. However, the park has not suffered from dead fish until now.   Rick Bartleson from the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation said a wind change is likely...

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Message stuck to dead alligator found in Collier County

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.– A dead alligator was found marked with a message near Olde Cypress Golf Course on Monday morning.  “I was walking along Logan Boulevard and was pretty startled to see a dead alligator laying there along the path with a big piece of yellow tape stuck on it,” Elizabeth Axeberg said.  The yellow piece of tape was stuck on the gators stomach with a message saying “hit by a car”.  “It was just very surprising that someone would be callous enough to take the time to stick a piece of tape on it then just throw it to the side of the road. It just doesn’t...

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Tropical Clawed Frogs could be threat to local freshwater ecosystems

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Experts are worried Tropical Clawed Frogs could be a huge threat to local freshwater ecosystems. Tropical Clawed Frogs are amphibians from West Africa, that have been spotted in the Tampa Bay area.  The specific species is a relative of the African Clawed Frog, which is a common sight in local aquarium pet shops. At the pet shop Hooked on Fish Freshwater Aquatics in North Fort Myers, the owners said they’ll take back any fish that’s grown too big for its tank. It’s just one way they try to keep customers from turning their pets loose when...

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