Tuesday, 4 August 2015

NEWSLINK: Florida drivers chief danger to wild panthers

A Florida panther this week was struck and killed by a car in Collier County. Florida motorists have killed 17 of the big cats so far this year. Given that the best estimates put the remaining wild panther population somewhere between 100 and 180 animals, Florida drivers have wiped out roughly 10 percent of total panther population in just seven months.

Last year, Florida drivers killed an unprecedented 24 panthers, according to statistics maintained by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission. Collisions with automobiles are the No. 1 cause of panther mortality, responsible for roughly two-thirds of all panther deaths each year. And those numbers are rising.


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