Monday, June 25, 2018

Crocodiles making a comeback in South Florida, newspaper reports

miami

Crocodiles have rebounded in South Florida

Crocodiles are making a comeback in South Florida. The population has multiplied nearly 10-fold since the 1970s. Today, there are more than 1,500 American crocodiles in South Florida. The Miami Herald reported that as their numbers grow, so do encounters with people and pets. Last year, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission fielded 106 "nuisance" croc calls. The American crocodile is often confused with its plentiful cousin, the alligator. Alligators are black and have broad, rounded snouts and are found throughout the deep South. Crocodiles are grayish, have narrow tapered snouts and their only U.S. habitat is in South Florida.

Pensacola

Ex-Marine runs 3,000 miles to help

A former Marine is crossing the Florida Panhandle as part of a 3,000-mile run to help injured Marines. Rick Hermelin was expected to be in Pensacola on Sunday as part of his 100-day trek to support the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. His goal is to raise $10,000. The 71-year-old will be running aboard an elliptical bike called the ElliptiGo. It's an outdoor, low-impact fitness device designed to emulate the running motion. Hermelin plans to cross the country on the device to raise awareness about the benefits of fitness. He served in the Marines from 1959 to 1963.

miami

Teen shot multiple times while asleep

A 15-year-old is recovering in a Miami hospital after being shot multiple times as she slept in her bedroom, according to police. Police said the girl was sleeping in the same bed as her younger sister when bullets hit her early Saturday morning. The teenager was in stable condition in the hospital and was expected to recover. A third sibling was in the room at the time but was not injured, police said.

EVERGLADES CITY

Fishing host dies in plane crash

Investigators arrived at the site of a small plane crash in southwest Florida that apparently killed the host of a popular fishing show. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating. The Naples Daily News reports an investigator was sent Saturday to Everglades City to help determine the cause of the crash. The Federal Aviation Administration and the manufacturer of the single-engine plane, Comp Air 8, also will send representatives to help with the investigation. The Collier County Sheriff's Office said the small plane owned by Jose Wejebe crashed into a field Friday afternoon after taking off from an Everglades City airpark. Authorities believe Wejebe was killed in the crash but had not officially confirmed the lone victim's identity. The angler hosted Spanish Fly, a saltwater fishing show on the Outdoor Channel.

Associated Press

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