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The large black bear that had climbed into a tree near downtown Orlando on Saturday is one of possibly two bears that have been hanging around the Parramore, Citrus Bowl and College Park areas, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation...
A large black bear lumbered into Orlando on Saturday for a quiet afternoon in a tree, drawing onlookers and raising a lingering question: Is this the same bear that visited Parramore last year? The bear is tagged and wildlife officials told police...
Tags: Wildlife, Endangered Species, Tampa, Parramore, Conservation
Sentinel Staff WriterThey are some of the tiniest towns in rural Lake County, yet outposts such as Paisley, Lake Mack and Altoona — towns that rim the Ocala National Forest — are ground zero for a deepening problem. Slowly but surely, Lake County has become...
OCALA NATIONAL FOREST — A timber crew made quick work of some 60-foot-tall sand pines with a shearing machine that cuts the trees at the base like a massive pair of scissors. The fallen trees were stacked onto trucks, destined for pulp mills in...
Residents of a rural Lake County community long complained that a colossal four-footed creature had been feasting on their garbage and leaving damaged property in its wake. After an epic trajectory as the region's most prolific dumpster diver, officials...
In the early afternoon of April 4, 2012, Roy Cribb emerged from the smoke of one fire in the Ocala National Forest and entered another. His primary responsibility at the second fire as a senior forest ranger with the Florida Forest Service was to...
Troubled celebs struggling to overcome addictions might start pointing their limos in an unlikely direction: the remote Lake County town of Umatilla. The former Florida Elks Children's Hospital in Umatilla is being reborn as a luxury drug-rehab center...
Treasure hunters have long pilfered arrowheads, pottery and other archaeological artifacts on state lands, risking jail time if caught. But a loophole in state law meant that looters didn't face consequences for their thievery on Lake County Water...
Tags: Wildlife, Politics, Alan Hays, Endangered Species, Kissimmee
Occasionally, alert readers can catch a glimpse of the inner workings of the Postcards from Florida column, pull away the curtain to look behind the scenes at the creative process. Often, there's some culinary motivation involved. At other times, the...
This is the time of year when state Sen. Alan Hays usually tries to turn one of his extreme opinions into law by filing a bill that the Legislature has to consider with a straight face. Session 2013: The Umatilla Republican does not disappoint. Hays...
With half a dozen competitive races, Central Florida voters have a chance to shape Tallahassee agendaCentral Florida Political Pulse - Orlando SentinelIn one corner of Central Florida, a Republican state representative and the Democratic chairman of Volusia County are competing for a Senate district that reaches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Ocala National Forest. In another, a Democratic state...
Sentinel Staff WriterOne of the most pleasing drives in Florida for Jim Thorsen is a nearly 60-mile stretch of State Road 40 between Ormond Beach and Silver Springs. The mostly two-lane road winds through the heart of the Ocala National Forest and offers motorists a view...
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