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  1. Frank Denninger
    June 19, 2014 @ 9:01 pm

    What this doesn't include in the report is that in FWC's panther update presentation at their June 2014 meeting this week is that many professionals in and outside their agency feel the restoration goals for the panther are unrealistic in today's Florida albeit using different words. Verification of my claim can be had by going to myfwc.com, then clik FWC Meetings, then June meeting agenda link, then to item 12 C and then clik panther update presentation and go to pg 21 and read the text below the image, then on to pg 41 and in the right column of challenges see 5th bullet "unrealistic population goals" Nuff said about that.

    The excerpt I will paste below from a Naples News article on this mentions the human component as being difficult and I agree. The excerpt discusses paying (large) landowners N of the Caloosahatchee River to accept panthers and the associated problems they bring. Some might call that bribery but who am I to say.

    This is Ggrrreeeaaat for the big boys in the cattle business but Who is looking out for the residential home (small land) owners in the path of the panther range expansion – they own land also and will be continually dangerously threatened as they never have been when a panther population anything like SW Florida has is thrust upon them.

    Residential/Ranchette homeowners better open their eyes to what is headed their way – all they have to do is google "panther problems Collier County" and read that areas problems over the last decades.
    Hobby livestock, pets and people will be at highly increased risk and be told to not let the kids out w/o close supervision.

    Article excerpt below:

    “As the population increases, they’ll run into more conflicts with humans,” McRae said.

    To mitigate that conflict, Conservation Commission biologist Thomas Eason said the agency is exploring several programs to encourage private landowners to welcome panthers onto their land, including paying them for the loss of livestock.

    “We want to work with private landowners until panthers are seen as an asset,” he said. “The biology on panthers is the easy part. The hard part is how can we merge that biology with human psychology?"

    It's too bad news reporters usually don't get enough space to report in depth on such critically important matters.

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