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. 

St. Augustine Humane Society Receives 300 lbs. of Pet Food from Nease High School's

St. Augustine Humane Society Receives 300 lbs. of Pet Food from Nease High School's

 

The St. Augustine Humane Society has received approximately 300 lbs. of pet food for dogs and cats from Nease High School's "Panthers for Pets", a student run organization. Jason Lee, a Nease High School junior and International Baccalaureate (IB) student, and president of the civic club started Panthers for Pets in August and initiated the plea for pet food to help the Humane Society and its Pet Food Bank. The Pet Food Bank provides food and supplies to pet owners in financial need and allows families to receive assistance for up to six months.

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.

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.

We Want Your Pet Pics

"Ziggy the Shar-pei Sleeping" has inspired us to create a new photo gallery, starring your pets! Send your pet pics to mycommunity@firstcoastnews.com.