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The mission of The Florida Chapter of the Wildlife Society is to serve and represent wildlife professionals in promoting wildlife conservation, biodiversity, and resource stewardship.

Chapter News

The FLTWS Executive Board and other FLTWS members developed a Florida Chapter Position Statement on the 2016 bear hunt being considered by the FWC commissioners at their June Commission meeting. Our statement specifically did not address any of the four bear hunting options presented by FWC staff, and did not endorse the staff’s recommendation of Option #2.  It did, however, endorse the North American Model and recognized hunting as a legitimate management tool. We expressed support for a limited bear hunt, provided that several issues were adequately addressed.  A paraphrase of these provisions follows:

We are pleased to announce that Brian Smith is the 2016 recipient of the annual scholarship for graduate studies, administered by the Florida Chapter of The Wildlife Society. Brian is expected to graduate with his Master of Science in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation in 2016.

We are pleased to announce that Lauren Diaz is the recipient of the 18th annual scholarship for undergraduate studies, administered by the Florida Chapter of The Wildlife Society. Lauren is a 4th year student in the University of Florida’s department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, with a minor in Sustainability Studies and an interest in the field of herpetology.

FWC News

Species Spotlight

"Associate Professor (and FLTWS member) Holly Ober conducts research on the ecology of bats in the Southeast to inform conservation and management decisions. Here she discusses basic facts about these curious creatures that inhabit the night sky." 

Conservation and Wildlife News

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wants to know the attitude of the public regarding the possession and management of venomous reptiles by zoos, as well as individual residents in their homes. FWC Captive Wildlife staff was directed by the Commission in November 2015 to evaluate existing regulations and develop a range of regulatory options for the Commission’s consideration. In order to effectively receive information and direction from the public, the agency has developed an online survey at, and will be accepting survey responses and recommendations through July 27, 2016.