Florida Considers Protecting Indigenous Wildlife Regardless of Federal Listing Status

Florida Senate Bill 238 would revise the legislative intent of the Florida Endangered and Threatened Species Act to direct the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) to protect certain indigenous species of wildlife regardless of their classification by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service under the federal Endangered Species Act. The bill also precludes FWCC from considering the costs associated with determining the protection level for an endangered or threatened species in Florida.