Florida Hunter Safety Course

 

Protected Wildlife

Key Largo Wood Rat

Wood Rat

Found only on Key Largo and is endangered due to loss of habitat. Here are several other endangered and threatened rats and mice found on the beaches of Florida. If seen, they are best left alone.

 
 

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

This is the American bald eagle. Until recent years, pesticides - notably D.D.T. - had contributed to the eagles decline by causing weak egg shells. Eagles eat fish. The fish contained D.D.T., which was washed into the water from surrounding farms. Since the ban on D.D.T., the species has recovered dramatically. Like all birds of prey - hawks, owls and falcons - the American bald eagle is federally protected.

 
 

Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Vultures are federally protected migratory birds. The head of the turkey vulture is red and bald. By being bald, it is protected from parasites and bacterial infection from its food source. The turkey vulture is primarily a carrion eater, and is the only vulture with a sense of smell.

 
 

Black Vulture

Black Vulture

The black vulture is smaller but similar to the turkey vulture. It has a black, bald head.

 

Source: FWC Hunter Education Program

 
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