Monday, October 17, 2005

Panthers and ators and bears, oh my!


I'm still trying to figure out why it is only now that federal wildlife officials are publicly wondering how to deal with the success of the Florida panther recovery effort.

I recently read about a plan to ship extra cats elsewhere in their historic range -- Arkansas was mentioned -- because there's too much development in South Florida.

Ironically, some of the major intrusions on panther habitat -- Ave Maria University near Naples comes immediately to mind -- were approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the agency charged with protecting the panthers.


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