MEDIA ADVISORY: Aug. 15, 2012
CONTACT: Charles Brown or Natalie Carlson, (863) 462-5360
DEP Press Office, (850) 245-2112
HUNTING PROHIBITED IN KISSIMMEE PRAIRIE PRESERVE STATE PARK
~With the start of hunting season, the park advises that hunting is not allowed within park boundaries ~
OKEECHOBEE – In recognition of the beginning of hunting season, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park advises sportsmen that hunting, air boating, any type of vessel or vehicle and entry to the preserve is not allowed from the east bank of the Kissimmee River from the north end of Starvation Slough to the north, ending at 65A structure. The western boundary of the state park runs concurrent with the eastern bank of the Kissimmee River main channel.
Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park is located in the northwestern Okeechobee County across the river from Avon Park Air Force Range. Entering the Preserve from the Kissimmee River is not a legal access point. The only legal entrance to come into the Preserve is on Peavine Rd (192nd Ave). Signs indicating the park boundaries are posted along the river.
Park staff has reported man-made cuts in the boundary fence and air boats trespassing on park property. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officers will address violations of park boundaries and rules. Suspected violations can be reported to FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline – 888-404-FWCC (3922) or MyFWC.com/wildlifealert.