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Facts about Wildlife Diseases: Rabies

Figure 1. According to Florida law, all dogs, cats, and ferrets greater than 4 months of age must be vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian.

Rabies is a virus carried by mammals. It kills infected humans and animals if they are not treated shortly after exposure. Rabies can be prevented, but it cannot be cured once symptoms become evident. This 6-page fact sheet… Read More

Managing Conflicts with Wildlife: Living with Coyotes

The omnivorous coyote is a relative newcomer to Florida that plays an important role in ecosystems and food webs. Of particular importance and possible benefit may be their potential ability to control populations of pest species such as… Read More

Managing Conflicts with Wildlife: Living with Deer

Figure 2. White-tailed deer fawns are spotted. Credit: Alico, Inc

Though deer rarely pose problems for people, it is important to understand the issues associated with deer and human-deer interactions. This 4-page fact sheet describes the biology of Florida’s white-tailed deer, the hazards associated with deer, and how… Read More

Managing Conflicts with Wildlife: Living with Panthers

Figure 1. A Florida panther. Credit: United States Fish and Wildlife Service National Digital Library

Panthers help maintain populations of some native species and control nuisance species such as wild hogs. They are generally secretive and rarely bother people, but there are rare situations where panthers can become dangerous or damaging. In this… Read More