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Collier officials urging the use of bear-resistant trash cans as populations grow

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — Bears are on the move and have appeared all over Southwest Florida this week. Florida’s black bear population continues to grow. There are an estimated 1,000 bears in South Florida living in the conservation areas of Big Cypress National Preserve and Everglades National Park, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Now that bears are becoming more active and roaming closer to humans, officials are urging people to use bear-resistant trash bins. Collier County sells the bear-proof cans for $115 each. People who live in rural...

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Millions tune in to watch herd of wandering elephants in China

For more than a week, China has been gripped by a herd of 15 marauding elephants, who are large, lost, and wrecking havoc in the country’s southwest. Millions have tuned in to live streams of the elephants, which have trekked more than 310 miles across the country since escaping from a nature reserve in South China last year, CNN reports. And online, netizens have followed transfixed as the elephants trampled crops, causing more than a million dollars worth of damage, and roamed through towns, prompting local residents to stay inside. More than 8 million people watched a video captured...

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Army Corps works to finalize Lake O plan that could affect Florida waters

FORT MYERS, Fla. – A plan that could affect Florida waters for the next decade is still in the works. The Army Corps of Engineers is working to finalize their Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM). The corps has five potential plans on the table right now for consideration. On Wednesday, they released data on those plans and their potential impacts on different stakeholders. “It’s really important that organizations like ours and stakeholders that are able to look at these plans and look at this data,” Captains for Clean Water co-founder Chris...

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2-week test of algae killing powder ends Wednesday

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — Wednesday is the last day in the two week trial for Lake Guard Oxy, which is an algae killing power. South Florida Water Management officials had been testing the powder’s effectiveness near the Franklin locks. The water district said that the powder is doing it’s job and that they just bought more Oxy for future use. NBC2 is working to find out more on when and where SFWM crews will use the Lake Guard Oxy. HOW LAKE GUARD OXY WORKS: The post 2-week test of algae killing powder ends Wednesday appeared first on NBC2 News. NBC2 Cape Coral

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More than 100 volunteers participate in Cape Coral burrowing owl census

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — The 2021 burrowing owl census in Cape Coral was completed over the weekend. More than 100 volunteers took time out of their day to do their part on Saturday. The results of the census are still being calculated, but preliminary numbers reveal that more than 2,000 owls were counted, according to the Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife. That’s roughly the same amount that was counted last year. This year’s census was the fourth in a five year study that is taking a closer look at burrowing owl population in the City. The final count is expected to be available...

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Water advisory issued in Cape Coral, officials consider one-day watering schedule

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Cape Coral city officials are asking residents to do their part in water conservation. A new advisory has been put in place as canal levels in the city continue to sink. If people don’t pay attention to how much water they use and conditions don’t improve, the city will mandate a one-day watering schedule. More than 4,000 illegal watering violations have been issued since the start of dry season. High usage and illegal watering contribute to decreased irrigation pressures. An adequate supply of irrigation water is needed for the more than 800 fire hydrants...

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Coast Guard rescues 3 people after high winds push pink flamingo raft away from shore

KODIAK, Alaska. / CNN — Three friends, two dogs and one giant inflatable flamingo were rescued after getting swept out into an Alaska bay on Saturday, officials said. Coast Guard crews conducted the rescue mission when a birthday celebration at White Sands beach in Kodiak went wrong. It was a birthday Hollie Spence said she’ll never forget — and she is thankful to be alive. Spence, along with her roommate, Lepa Sega, and Lepa’s brother, Nation, climbed onto a 10-foot inflatable pink flamingo float with their two dogs in a shallow area of the beach. Spence, who was celebrating...

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Blue-green algae bloom detected in Orange River & two Lee County boat ramps

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – – Health officials have issued a health alert after detecting blue-green algae blooms at Alva and Davis boat ramps and Orange River at Manatee Park. The Florida Department of Health in Lee County issued a Health Alert for the presence of harmful blue-green algal toxins at all three locations Tuesday. All residents and visitors are being asked not to drink, swim, wade, use personal watercraft, water ski, or boat in waters where visible blooms exist. Local health officials said anyone who has come in contact with algae or discolored smelly water, should wash their...

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Two sea turtles being treated at CROW on Sanibel

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA – Two sea turtles are in recovery at the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife on Sanibel. A green sea turtle was rescued on May 21 after it was found floating and suffering from symptoms of red tide. Wildlife experts said the turtle also had a shell deformity that could have been the result of a birth defect or past trauma. CROW said the deformity won’t prevent the sea turtle from being released once it’s ready. The other turtle that was rescued was a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle that was found floating. Once it was admitted to CROW, the sea turtle...

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Black bear found lounging inside Fort Myers business

FORT MYERS, Fla. – A young black bear was found inside a Fort Myers business on Tuesday morning. Fort Myers police said the bear was found inside of Hurricane Safe Shutters off Earl Road. The bear was seen calmly hanging out inside the business, lying on the floor. Credit: Fort Myers Police Department Fort Myers police monitored the bear until officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission were able to respond and relocate the bear to its natural habitat. Credit: Fort Myers Police Department FWC said the bear is being taken to a remote area of Collier County...

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