Wildlife Conservation

With the rapid expansion of greater Orlando come the challenges when growth and development of an urban area encroaches on wildlife.

The Central Florida area is the natural habitat to a long list of wildlife that includes the Florida bear, Florida scrub jay and red-cockaded woodpecker. Highways and residential development can sometimes impact wildlife negatively by destroying their habitat.

All of Florida’s wildlife is protected by the legal system, not just its endangered species. Much of this protection is regulated at the local level through ordinances. Local governments often have authority to regulate land use for the protection of wildlife and their habitats. This authority is important because it allows local governments to protect the health and welfare of its citizens.

Floridians are encountering wildlife more often than ever before. As Orlando grows wildlife habitat is reduced and fragmented. Although Orlando is proud of its natural beauty and has taken great strides to protect it, when wildlife causes a hazard to residents or damage to property, the well-being of the people have to be placed first.
“Whenever possible we will use humane methods to trap and relocate animals” said Seth Davids, an Orlando wildlife removal expert. “We see damage to attics, pools, inside walls and in landscaping that if not dealt with, can cause the homeowner to deal with extensive repair bills” (visit source here).

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection oversees Florida’s environmental laws, since 1990 they have been instrumental in securing over 2,000,000 acres of land. Current efforts include a partnership with the South Florida Water Management District to restore the everglades to its natural state.