Animal Rights

Gopher tortoise like those found at Boyd Hill

Massive gopher tortoise die-off at St. Petersburg preserve raises questions

Listen: More than a third of adult gopher tortoises have died at a nature preserve in St. Petersburg, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating. Axios Tampa Bay reports surveyors conducting a...
Florida black bear

DeSantis to get bill on shooting bears

The state House gave final approval to a bill that would bolster self-defense arguments for people who kill bears on their property.
Florida black bear

The Florida Senate OKs shooting bears in self-defense

A controversial effort to strengthen self-defense arguments for people who shoot bears on their property is headed back to the Florida House.

The Scoop: Mon., January 22, 2024 Tampa Bay & Florida headlines by WMNF

Desantis drops out Governor Ron DeSantis has dropped his race for the White House. In a four-minute video posted to the social media platform X, DeSantis says he halted his campaign because there was no...

“Stand your ground” law against bears advances in State House

Listen:   A State House bill that would allow people to kill bears on their property without permits when they feel threatened advanced in a House subcommittee Friday. But, opponents say that killing the bears...
Rice's whale Or Gulf Of Mexico Whale (NOAA)

Endangered Rice’s Whale faces threat after 1.1 million gallon oil spill

Listen: After over a million gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico in November, one environmental advocate is raising concern for one of the most endangered whales in the world. In 2021, scientists...
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The Scoop: Tues., December 12, 2023 Tampa Bay & Florida headlines by WMNF

Controversial Miami Wilds project A federal judge ruled that the National Park Service violated two federal laws when it decided to release land to Miami-Dade County for the controversial Miami Wilds project.   Driskell raises...

Special gator hunting permits put on hold in Florida

A proposal would let five people hunt gators throughout the season in any management unit, on some public wetlands or on private land.

A surprising statistic sparks concern for the endangered Florida panther

The Florida Panther is our state’s official animal and one of the most endangered mammals in the country. WMNF's Chris Young reports.
Rice's whale Or Gulf Of Mexico Whale (NOAA)

NOAA Fisheries denies petition for endangered whale protection near ports, sparking concern

Listen: A petition seeking to protect of one the most endangered whales in the world by creating restrictions near Florida’s west-coast ports was denied by federal officials on Friday. The petition would have restricted speeds...

Episode 19: Earnest Coney Chief Executive of CDC of Tampa

CDC of Tampa is a social service organization that is responsible for making society better by providing skills for the modern workforce, real estate for low to affordable housing, and youth programs.  This CDC organization...
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The Scoop: Wed., August 16, 2023 Tampa Bay & Florida headlines by WMNF

Gopher Tortoise’s protection The Gopher tortoise is a threatened species native to the southeastern US. The Center for Biological Diversity is suing the US Fish and Wildlife Service for denying the animal Endangered Species Act...

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