Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 29, 2021

Big cat comeback? Florida strikes bipartisan deal to help endangered panthers

The Guardian reports

State lawmakers agree on $400m measure to expand ‘wildlife corridors’ in effort to help panthers and other endangered species

According to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Florida panther is “the only known breeding population of puma in the eastern United States”.

In order to be taken off the danger list, the Florida panther needs three established populations and sufficient habitat to support those animals.

Currently there is only one population of up to 230 Florida panthers in the wild, but that is a story of recovery through conservation, since relentless hunting took the numbers in the state down to fewer than 20 by the early 1970s.

Read full story at  Big cat comeback? Florida strikes bipartisan deal to help endangered panthers | Florida | The Guardian


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