Urban Wildlife

Rip Currents Expected Today

Rip Currents Expected Today

 

Florida Division of Emergency Management officials are reminding beachgoers to stay alert as strong onshore winds along the entire Atlantic Coast will bring rough surf and a high risk of rip currents throughout the week. These conditions will also bring an elevated risk of rip currents along portions of the Panhandle through tomorrow. Those traveling to the beach should be aware that when red beach warning flags are flying, swimming in Florida’s coastal waters can be dangerous. 

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.

The Jacksonville Humane Society Reminds Families to Keep Pets Safe on Halloween

The Jacksonville Humane Society Reminds Families to Keep Pets Safe on Halloween

The Jacksonville Humane Society (JHS), a non-profit animal welfare and education organization, is encouraging families to ensure their pets are safe this Halloween.

“Many pets get sick or go missing during holidays like Halloween,” said Denise Deisler, JHS executive director.  “It is important that families keep their pets in a comfortable, safe place, especially during parties and trick-or-treating.”

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.