Panther disorder gets a name; some wild cats euthanized

Just after Christmas, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologists finally gave a name to the apparent neurological disorder first observed in Florida panthers on an couple of remote-camera videos taken back in 2018. The malady has been named “feline leukomyelopathy,” and is evidenced, according to the FWC, by tissue changes in the brain and […]

Seeing elusive Florida panther akin to seeing a ghost

LAKE PLACID — The panther’s habitat extends along lonely pathways through much of rural Southwest Florida — Glades, Hendry and Okeechobee counties included — up into the center of the state. Florida state, federal and private wildlife agencies and organizations have made great strides in working to protect parts of it from development with public […]

Maj. Billy L. Cypress, new building’s namesake, lovingly remembered

BIG CYPRESS RESERVATION — The Seminole Tribe of Florida celebrated another milestone in its quest to define its Native American tribal identity Oct. 23 with the dedication of the Major Billy L. Cypress Building. A large crowd gathered under tents erected in the imposing two-story edifice’s front parking lot for its christening during a reverent […]

Dorian relief efforts for Bahamas under way in earnest

Relief efforts for Hurricane Dorian victims in the Bahamas are being mounted in nearly every community around Lake Okeechobee and across South Florida. Floridians are finding it only natural, not to mention a little heart-wrenching, to take the attitude of “There but for the grace of God go we.” It easily could have been us […]

Seminoles air concerns over Water Compact with SFWMD

CLEWISTON — South Florida Water Management District Governing Board members joined for a workshop session with the Seminole Tribe of Florida Council on Wednesday, June 19, at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum. The STOF council had invited SFWMD board members to the museum on the grounds of the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation to receive a comprehensive […]

‘Super’ Ghost Orchid blooming in Collier

CORKSCREW SWAMP SANCTUARY — The “Super” Ghost Orchid is in bloom, Hendry-Glades Audubon Society alerts wildlife spotters. Its first flower of the season appeared Thursday, June 27, and there are multiple buds, meaning more flowers could bloom shortly. At Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, in Collier County, they usually have a spotting scope trained on it […]

Costa Rican artist running cross-country for a cause

LaBELLE — A South Florida resident who’s a legal immigrant from Costa Rica started a little jog for a cause in the aid of illegal immigrants last weekend at Miami’s Freedom Tower. His ultimate destination: the Mexican border with the United States, around 1,200 miles away. Solo, an up-and-coming Latino hip-hop musical artist whose parents […]

DEP ordered to issue drilling permit in the Everglades

TALLAHASSEE — The 1st District Court of Appeal ruled Tuesday that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) must issue a permit to a major Broward County landowner who plans to drill an exploratory oil well near the southern end of U.S. 27. The court overruled the DEP’s rejection of an administrative law judge’s finding […]

Be extra wary of mosquito bites until heat, moisture drop

The Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County reported Wednesday, Oct. 17, that its sentinel chickens in communities near Lake Okeechobee have tested positive for West Nile virus. Confirmation of the virus’s presence in Pahokee followed earlier reports that it had been found in Belle Glade and Jupiter Farms, as well. Although there have […]

Floridians advised to watch out for panthers

While two new litters of three Florida panther kittens each have been reported so far in 2018, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), mortality among the endangered species also grew, with three deaths during the past two months pushing the toll to 18 for the year. The latest casualties were discovered […]