Author: Katrina Elsken; Okeechobee NewsPublish Date: December 4, 2009Word Count: 638Document ID: 12C65472B015D850A local woman was bitten by a Florida panther at Sue Arnold's Wildlife Center on Monday. "We believe the incident was the result of keeper error," said Florida Wildlife Commission spokesperson Gabriella Ferrara. She explained that the woman-who had been volunteering at the shelter for three years-violated the facility's written procedures by entering the cage. She said Sue Arnold was not on the property at the time of the incident. http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=ONOO&p_theme=onoo&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&s_dispstring="Wildlife%20center%20volunteer%20bitten%20by%20panther"%20AND%20date(12/4/2009%20to%2012/4/2009)&p_field_date-0=YMD_date&p_params_date-0=date:B,E&p_text_date-0=12/4/2009%20to%2012/4/2009)&p_field_advanced-0=&p_text_advanced-0=("Wildlife%20center%20volunteer%20bitten%20by%20panther")&xcal_numdocs=20&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&xcal_useweights=no------------ Read More
Collier middle schoolers explore panther habitat while learning science lessonsContributed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Posted November 30, 2009 at 5:38 p.m. Talk about getting your feet wet. Hundreds of Collier County middle school students got the chance to experience the outdoors up close and personal thanks to a state environment program.The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Learning in Florida’s Environment (LIFE) Program partnered with Collier County public schools, the Florida Panther Refuge Read More
By Craig Pittman, Times staff writerIn Print: Saturday, November 21, 2009The location was odd enough. An anonymous caller reported seeing a dead Florida panther by the side of the Florida Turnpike near Yeehaw Junction. That's more than 150 miles north of where most panthers live.When Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission staffers checked out the tip Thursday afternoon, they discovered something more disturbing.Someone had cut off the panther's head.On Friday the state wildlife agency offered a reward of up to $1,000 for information that Read More
Bobcat Hit By Car Recovering at Big Cat Rescue
Bobcat Hit By 3 Cars Recovering at Big Cat Rescue: October 30, 2009 at 4:00 Dr. Deborah L. Sullivan of the Suncoast Veterinary Care Center called Big Cat Rescue reporting that a good Samaritan had retrieved a bobcat who had been hit on SR 54 and tied the cat in the back of his truck and drove him to the first Veterinary Clinic he saw. Upon arrival the bobcat leaped from the truck but was stunned enough from the impact that Dr. Sullivan and Dr. Shreeve were able to hand inject him with a sedative Read More
Baby Bobcat and Fawn Take Refuge Together from Fire
The Jesusita Fire in Santa Barbara, CA caused these two to take shelter together. The fawn is 3 days old and the bobcat about 3 weeks. The fawn came from somewhere in the fire and the bobcat from Carpinteria. They immediately bonded and snuggled together under a desk in the Santa Barbara County Dispatch Office for several hours.
Animal Planet is reporting the bobcat kitten was rescued near Arnold Schwarzenegger's ranch, where it was dehydrated and near death.
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The African lion is in danger of becoming extinct, with a population that’s diminished by as much as 85 percent over the past 20 years. As Bob Simon reports, cattle ranchers are poisoning them with a cheap American pesticide to protect their herds. CBS Aug 2009
International TIGER DAY 2009!
TIGERS: Majestic, powerful, beautiful, ENDANGERED! September 27th 2009 is International Tiger Day. Started by the Phoenix Fund, a Russian non-governmental organization in 2000, the celebration of all things TIGER is now an annual city holiday in Vladivostock with 3000+ participants!
To help celebrate International Tiger Day 2009, Big Cat Rescue is discounting their tour price by 10% from Sept 27th - Oct 3rd, to anyone who mentions the words "tiger conservation" or "international tiger Read More
Snow Leopard Chuffing Video
WATCH THIS RARE FOOTAGE OF A SNOW LEOPARD "CHUFFING" HELLO TO BIG CAT KEEPERS!!!
Even though Snow Leopards are classed as a greater cat just like the lion and tiger, it cannot roar like it's relatives!
They can hiss, mew, growl, wail and chuff however, watch this rare footage of HERCULES our male Snow Leopard chuffing at his BCR friends!
Learn more about the Snow Leopard
You can help by donating to Big Cat Rescue at 12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL 33625 813.920.4130, Read More
Florida Panther Week 2009
For some awesome photos and field stories, go to WWW.FLORIDAPANTHER.ORG and sign up to receive their Panther Tales Newsletters.
Though the panther historically was found throughout the southeastern United States, today it is restricted to less than 5% of its historic range in 1 breeding population of fewer than 100 animals, located in South Florida. The Florida panther, Florida's state animal, is one of the most endangered mammals on earth. Vehicle strikes and problems associated with Read More
Dear Thomas Greenwood,Big Cat Rescue represents more than 70,000 animal loving supporters and we oppose ANY further development within Florida Panther habitat. We strongly oppose the use of motorized vehicles in our parks as well. Such use destroys not only the habitat for the animals who call our wild areas home, but also destroys the enjoyment of visitors who have come to experience nature. For the cats,Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescuean Educational Sanctuary hometo more than 100 big cats12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL 33625813.493.4564 Read More
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