Urban Wildlife

Ant-Filled Yards Pose a Danger

Ant-Filled Yards Pose a Danger

With summer here and Jacksonville’s current dry spell, fire and pavement ants become a nuisance to gardeners, and even a danger to humans.

It doesn’t take long for ants to take over your lawn and claim residency in a home or business. Experts recommend treating fire and pavement ants as soon as they are spotted.

FWC Extends Alligator-Hunting Hours

At its meeting in St. Augustine Wednesday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) adopted a rule change that provides approximately four additional hours of daylight hunting to the state’s recreational alligator hunting season. The change will be in effect for this year’s season: Aug. 15 – Nov. 1.

Tigers Take a Dip to Stay Cool

Tigers Take a Dip to Stay Cool

MORE: SLIDESHOW of tigers taking a bath

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- It gets hot down on Deborah Warrick's farm, and she helps her animals beat the heat in luxury, one cap full at a time.

"We have eight tigers and during the summer we'll give them two or three bubble baths a week," said Warrick, who operates the St. Augustine Wild Reserve. 

She even gives them one of two scents: either milk and honey or lavender scented suds.

"Oh and they come out of the bath smelling so good." 

That keeps the flies off of them for a couple days. So besides keeping the cats cool, it helps them beat the pests as well.

Angry Gator Fights Back Against Deputies | RAW VIDEO

Angry Gator Fights Back Against Deputies | RAW VIDEO

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- There was an unwelcome intruder at the Conquistador Condominiums this morning, and the deputies who got to the scene first did their best to get it under control until a professional trapper could arrive.

Fortunately for the deputies, the alligator sitting by the road was just in a bad mood, not a hungry one.

They got close to putting a towel over the gator's head, but the gator was having none of it, and hissed loudly enough for them to decide to wait for the licensed trapper to get to the scene.

SLIDESHOW: ANGRY GATOR

The trapper arrived around 3 a.m. and easily got the gator under control.

Florida Residents Encouraged To Include Pets In Family Disaster Plans

Florida Residents Encouraged To Include Pets In Family Disaster Plans

As a part of Florida Hurricane Preparedness Week, state emergency management officials are encouraging every pet owner in Florida to include their animals in their family disaster preparedness plan before the start of the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season. By planning for the needs of your pets, it will greatly increase the chances of their survival during disasters.

Hatchling Sea Turtles Take Enlightened Path to Survive

Hatchling Sea Turtles Take Enlightened Path to Survive

Some of the most routine habits we engage in on a daily basis can occasionally have some serious, unintended consequences for wildlife, and that is especially so for imperiled species. Beachcombers out for a relaxing walk with the family dog may not recognize the signs that their presence has become a threat to nesting shorebirds and that they should detour around the area.  Homeowners who leave a dirty barbecue grill in the backyard overnight, or unsecured trash or foodstuffs where wildlife can access it, can inadvertently create the catalyst for nuisance wildlife behaviors – with solutions that are palatable to no one. 

St. Johns County Pet Center Early Closure May 13th

The St. Johns County Pet Center will close at 12:00 pm on Friday, May 13th for staff in-service training. The Pet Center will resume normal operating hours on Saturday, May 14th at 9:00 am.