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  1. Hunters, dogs take on wild hogs in Hillsborough County

    Environment

    PLANT CITY

    The dogs run ahead, passing through the spotlight as the handlers follow in a muddy pickup, weaving around trees and splashing through bogs near Plant City.

    Derrik Glass prepares one of the team’s dogs earlier this month for a feral hog hunt in Hillsborough County. The dogs wear protective collars along with transmitters that can be monitored from an electronic device.
  2. Charlie Crist promises renewed focus on climate change, environment

    Environment

    During a heated moment in the second gubernatorial debate, Gov. Rick Scott said of his opponent, "Charlie Crist never did anything for the environment."

    During this year's election, Charlie Crist and his supporters are playing up his record on climate change issues as one where he has a distinctively different approach from Gov. Rick Scott. [AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Will Dickey, Pool]
  3. Shark repellent for fishing praised by officials

    Water

    KEY WEST — Federal officials are praising a shark repellent developed at Florida Keys Community College.

  4. Tampa's Riverwalk builder fined $10,000 for illegal concrete dump

    Water

    TAMPA — The contractor building an $8.8 million section of Tampa's Riverwalk will pay $10,000 in fines for dumping concrete waste into the Hillsborough River.

    A downtown worker had shot video of Johnson Bros. workers washing concrete waste into the Hillsborough River. The company fired at least one worker and disciplined others.
  5. Archaeologists sift Everglades muck for cultural artifacts

    Wetlands

    EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK — Archaeologists are poking through the muck under a boardwalk in Everglades National Park, looking for evidence of a prehistoric culture.

    National Park Service archeologists sift through sediment collected from the Anhinga Slough while doing a survey in Everglades National Park. They are looking for artifacts which were first discovered at the site when it was dredged in 1968. [Associated Press]
  6. Agriculture commissioner accepts donated ranchland that DEP didn't want

    Environment

    A 4,100-acre ranch that phosphate giant Mosaic tried to donate to the state park system last year has at last been accepted by the state — but by a different arm of the state government.

  7. Under Scott, Department of Environmental Protection undergoes drastic change

    Environment

    In January, Gov. Rick Scott stood in front of a room full of Department of Environmental Protection employees and praised their hard work.

    Gov. Rick Scott says he will push for tougher enforcement of regulations.
  8. Scott's DEP tried to change award-winning park system

    Water

    One of the Department of Environmental Protection's most important jobs is operating the state park system.

  9. Clearwater Marine Aquarium launches campaign to save near-extinct porpoise species

    Wildlife

    CLEARWATER — Seeking to harness the fame of its dolphins, Winter and Hope, for a worthy cause, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium is launching a campaign to save a near-extinct species of porpoise.

    Clearwater Marine Aquarium's CEO David Yates accompanied by Bob Talbot (not pictured), world renowned photographer, film maker, and environmentalist, announced a Major Global Conservation Effort Clearwater Marine Aquarium is spearheading to try and save the Vaquita.  -  Looking to capitalize on the fame of Winter the dolphin and her companion Hope, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium on Friday launched a campaign to save a near-extinct porpoise species. The aquarium is spearheading an effort to save the Vaquita, a rare species of porpoise that lives in the northern part of the Gulf of California. The estimated number of Vaquita dropped below 100 this year, putting it in imminent danger of extinction. It is considered the most endangered dolphin species in the world, according to conservation experts. The Clearwater aquarium is encouraging fans of Winter and Hope to go to the aquarium's website, seewinter.com, and sign a petition that will be sent to the president of Mexico. JIM DAMASKE | Times
  10. Imported beetles consuming air potato plants in Hernando

    Environment

    It may be the happiest beetle invasion since the Beatles.

    And it's almost as hard to miss.

    More than a decade after it was found feeding on potato vines in Nepal, the leaf beetle is dining in Hernando.