The Changing Role of the Florida Wildlife Officer

The role of the Wildlife Officer has changed dramatically over the years, due to expanded police powers, growth in population, endangered and threatened species enforcement, and environmental degradation. In South Florida, specialized enforcement activities have been established to protect Florida panthers on several highways in the Big Cypress Preserve. The West Indian manatee receives considerable attention during the winter months. Endangered sea turtles receive special enforcement efforts during nesting season. Environmental problems associated with dumping and pollution are increasing dramatically throughout the state.

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