Saturday, January 22, 2011

Florida panther death toll for this year reaches 5


Two more Florida panthers were found dead yesterday in southwest Florida, making 5 so far this January, according to reports from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. One was killed in an auto collision and the other by another panther.


It is time for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to declare an emergency.  It has the power to designate critical habitat protection for the Florida panther under the Endangered Species Act, but it has refused to do so.  Let's hope these latest deaths will serve as a wake up call and prompt immediate action.

Here's the grim news as reported by the Fort Myers News-Press:

Florida panther death toll for this year reaches 5
JANUARY 21, 2011

"The new year continues to be deadly for endangered Florida panthers as two more were found dead today, bringing the total for January to five.

"An 8-month-old uncollared male panther was found dead on the westbound lanes of I-75 (Alligator Alley) near mile marker 98 in Collier County, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

"The second carcass was found in a Hendry County orange grove north of Sears Road. The 10- to 11-month old collared male was killed by intraspecific aggression."

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Frank Jackalone
Senior Field Organizer Manager/ FL & PR
Sierra Club