Urban Wildlife

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.

JFRD Rescues Boy, Dog from Mandarin Home

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A boy is critical after being stuck inside a home that caught fire in Mandarin, according to Jacksonville Fire and Rescue spokesperson Tom Francis.

Fire crews rescued the young man and a dog from the burning home, and Francis said it appears the fire started in the kitchen.  The child went to Baptist Hospital downtown to receive treatment in a hyperbaric chamber, Francis said.

The fire broke out in the 10500 block of Indian Walk Road at about 4 p.m., and Francis said that closed Hartley Road for a short period of time.

Blessing Of Animals Sunday October 2

Blessing Of Animals Sunday October 2

 

Friendly and well-behaved animals are welcome to come to the outdoor chapel for a short prayer service and blessing of each animal.  This service is held on the Sunday closest to St. Francis’ birthday, as he was a friend to all animals.  Animals that may be nervous or aggressive, or that cannot attend, may be represented by their owner with a photo.  All dogs need to be on leashes, and all other animals need to be in crates or carrying cases.  All animals should have ID on them.  We will take an offering for Heifer Project International, which provides farm animals to families in poor communities.