Last night I read one of the greatest post from someone who has a lot of heart for the Florida Everglades,and is tired of them not listening to them.
Here's a quick quote from one of the biologists who is an authority on Panthers.. "You can't simply relocate the panthers. It's not an option for us," Horadam said. "Each male panther takes a territory of over 500 square miles. If you move one you will move it into another male's territory and they will fight to the death. You can't move them like bears."
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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission commissioner Ms Priddy is 100% correct in stating that having 240 more panthers North of the Caloosahatchee is NOT "Realistic" *. Actually proper management of 240 of these cats in either area North or South of these areas designated in Florida is blatantly impossible and the agencies know it but won’t state it publicly because do so would be very bad for agency staff’s paychecks and job security.
Everyone should thank FWC commissioner Ms Priddy for speaking the truth. It is very refreshing for this Floridian to hear it publicly.
If one uses the panther program's lead agency US Fish and Wildlife Service's own figures that state each panther needs at least 75,000 to 150,000 acres to roam as per pg 261 of the Everglades Headwaters Refuge's Draft Environmental Assesment simple arithmetic proves the point. Of course they actually say in their draft assessment that the 150,000 acre refuge would only be good for 1 or 2 panthers which I interpreted to acres. Then I took and used the lower 75,000 acre per cat acreage requirement to do my calculations in order to give the agency the benefit of the doubt and to prevent anyone claiming I attempted to spin the results.
There is only 6.5 million acres between the East and West coast urban areas South of Lake Okeechobee. That sounds like an immense area but when one divides it up by 75,000 acres per cat (as per government data) the answer is 86. That 86 figure is the maximum number of cats the 6.5 million acres of land will properly support (according to the agencies in charge) yet now State and Federal agencies finally acknowledge there are 160 cats within that area. According to agency data 12,000,000 acres should be available for the 160 cats they admit to currently. That verifies Darrell Land’s recent statement quoted in a 2012 news article by Craig Pittman below:
"There's only so many panthers you can pack into a box," explained longtime panther biologist Darrell Land. "Something's got to give." *
Agencies admit knowing they already have 160 cats stuffed into a box meant for 86. If this isn't animal abuse I don't know what is due to the fact that the male panthers kill each other and kittens when overpopulated. The program itself causes more dead cats than motor vehicles the difference is that this dreadful deadly behavioral by product is NOT VISIBLE like a dead cat at the roadside and that is the way agencies like it. That way the beat can go on possibly forever as we pay, pay, pay. Where is PETA when needed to stop real animal abuse? Of course they may know that there is no Federal law against animal abuse.
The absurdity of the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s and their partners goal of having 480 panthers South of the I-4 corridor becomes crystal clear with the knowledge that 480 panthers require 36,000,000 Million acres but the land area of the entire State of Florida less water bodies is only 34,721,280 acres (54,252 square miles as per State of Florida.com). One can see from this easily, that if the entire State was turned over to panthers and everyone moved out of Florida’s land mass is still 721,000+ acres short according to long standing agency data.
Should State and Federal government agencies be allowed by elected officials and we the people to continue towards this absurd goal it will require eventually building hundreds if not thousands of panther over or underpasses at $4,000,000 dollars each and installing hundreds if not thousands of miles of 10 foot high fencing with barbed wire on top to restrict movement of humans to the corridors left for them to travel between the islands of human occupation/prisons created for them by the panther protection/recovery program and all supporting partners.
Thanks to this ongoing panther fraud and the environmentalists behind it the latest draft hunt plan for the Addition Lands of Big Cypress details that only 30 hunters will get quota permits to hunt each different deer season (Arch, ML, GG) on that 147,000 acres, oh and their 1 guest if they are allowed. I wouldn't disrespect my *** by wiping it with this plan.