Environment & Wildlife

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“We listened to the land,” said one of the community’s designers. We are caretakers who have great respect for the wetlands, wildlife habitats, plants, animals and waterways that have been here for centuries.

There’s nothing better than watching a family of sandhill cranes walk down the street as the parents mindfully watch their chicks. The squirrels, bunny rabbits, birds, deer, alligators, otters, turtles and other animals live together in harmony. Cardinals, osprey, songbirds, turkeys, herons, white ibis, anhingas, ibis and so many more are also right at home here.

You may see or hear about wild boar here. These hogs are descendants of pigs brought to Florida by the Conquistadors hundreds of years ago. They really don’t serve a productive purpose here, so Three Suns Ranch has created a program to trap them and take them to their property to be properly processed. This wild boar meat is served in restaurants around the Suncoast. It, along with the bison and beef is available for sale. Call 941-639-7070 for information.

Living Safely with Wildlife

Alligators are a part of life in Florida. If there’s a body of water, there’s at least one alligator. For the most part, they keep to themselves, however, it’s recommended that you don’t let your pets get close to the water. Also, during the spring, they tend to get a little more active. It is important that we do not interact with the alligators. Do NOT feed them!

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has material to help Living With Alligators. Also, The FWC advises people who have concerns with an alligator or crocodile posing a threat to people, pets or property, to call the FWC’s Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR (392-4286).

The sandhill cranes are beautiful birds. However, they do not always pay attention when they are near the streets. Slow down and watch out for them.