Bobjr86 wrote: »
Ok so i hunted florida for my first time yesterday and have to say i was really disappointed.
"The truth is - Florida's state animal, the Florida panther, no longer exists because of inbreeding and crossbreeding. It is genetically modified and no longer has the exact DNA of what was once considered the Florida panther - let's call them what they are Texlda or FloriTex," Long said.
binellishtr wrote: »
thanks.. a lot of people working real hard to convince the state to do the right thing
N. Cook wrote: »
The fact the USFWS does not like to talk about is that the latest scientific study concluded there are only four sub species of cougar...One in North America, One in Central America and a couple in scattered parts of South America.
There is no such thing as a "Florida Panther".....never has been. Therefore the species cannot be "Endangered"....
David B wrote: »
http://www.fws.gov/verobeach/MSRPPDFs/FloridaPanther.pdf page 4-119.
Why hasn't there been a push to move the cats from south Florida to other states? These Panthers are Federally listed, therefore one would think that jurisdictional boundaries of states wouldn't matter much.
It seems kind of useless to continue down the same road as we have for the past 2 decades. Panthers breed, Panthers die due to interaction with human activities. Florida having reached the status of number in the nation for population isn't going to help this. We can continue to contain them in their present range and watch them die off from numerous causes. As vehicular traffic increases, so will the death of the Panther. Each year seems to be a record breaker for the previous year.
Maybe it high time to reintroduce some of these Panthers to other states where there is less of a direct impact on them.
Why not? In all seriousness, why not?
I don't or cannot wrap my mind around the buying of more in an attempt at maintaining a population of a species that will in fact search out its very own home range. If males are moving north from the glades, then maybe a female or two should be relocated to follow. One of the very reasons that I believe this isn't currently occurring is the fact that the USFWS doesn't currently have the authority over the parcels of land and therefore can do little but enforce current existing laws.
If these folks truly wanted to see a success for this species, then they would forego the agony of their current management techniques and do what is right for the Panther.
I think that we have folks who are set on having a pre-determined amount of acreage locked up before even considering a move.
If that is the case, then a demand for them requiring the containment within those boundaries should be sought. They can either teach the cats to read or teach a pig to sing, either way, they are wasting time and copious amounts of tax payer and donated dollars without much success.
Were just trying to save the Glades (s zone)from total devastation.
Pinman wrote: »
Post of the year
duckmanJR wrote: »
Didn't see any science in that article...some woman commisioner from Glades county...a sheriff who is not happy that his BUDGET can't grow due to the ag nature of the area he serves and his dad..."Bubba"...
I hear some lost money off the tax roles......not much else.