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With a curved carapace, angry-looking eyes and a spiky tail, horseshoe crabs look like nature’s armored tanks, crawling in the sand at the shore.

Camp Bayou Prepares For National Trails Day

May 31, 2016
Dolly Cummings / Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center

Summertime conjures up thoughts of sunshine, sand and shores. It’s a long break away from school or a week-long vacation spent near the beach.

But for Dolly Cummings, the managing director for Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center, Florida is a lot more than beaches. It's an exciting exploration of various natural wildlife habitats.

Associated Press

   While many people anticipate lighting fuses on the 4th of July, some people are encouraging the use of caution.

Ann Paul, of the Audubon Society--an organization that aims to conserve ecosystems, said that birds are often unintentional casualties of the bombs bursting in air. 

She said that baby birds can be separated from their family  while trying to flee the sound of fireworks.

Paul also said that protecting American wildlife is one of the most patriotic things a person can do. 

At the Gulf State Park Pier in Orange Beach, Ala., Wetzel Wood casts his fishing line into the rough surf of the Gulf of Mexico. He pulls his bait, a cigar minnow, through the water just beyond where the waves break for the shore.

"On a good day you'd catch king mackerel, Spanish mackerel," he says. Wood first learned to fish at the pier with his grandfather in 1969. "I've seen a lot of different things out here. It's been wonderful."

Dennis Garofalo

UPDATED Sun 6/10 4:30 pm with more info from Speer
 

In addition to the ducks, squirrels and Bulls that populate USF's Tampa campus, there's another species roaming the grounds, as at least one bobcat has been caught on camera.

Aramark/USF Dining Services Production Manager Dennis Garofalo took pictures of a bobcat eating a duck near the Argos Center around 6:30 Thursday morning.

Garofalo says the bobcat, which he and employees have taken to calling the "Fresh Food Company Cat" after the division they work in, has been seen lurking in the area for the last month or so. 

Courtesy Monkey Jungle

Largo Police say a man who's been arrested a number of times for DUI was taken in again today for going 70 on East Bay Drive early this morning. 

The Florida Department of Corrections says 36-year-old Eugene Carl Kotelman has served time before in Pasco County for driving with a suspended license.  And Largo police arrested him for Felony DUI.

He wasn't alone.  He also had a little monkey in the truck with him. He bonded out of jail on the other charges related to drinking and driving.  But he was arrested again, this time for Possession of Wildlife.  Florida Fish and Wildlife took charge of the monkey.