Monday, December 22, 2014

The Florida Panther is coming back and it is hungry

From Christine Stapleton at the Post comes this story about the Florida Panther and the rising number of these native predators. In the article it is noted there have been no attacks on humans and also no sightings in Palm Beach County. From the article:
Endangered Florida panthers killed more pets and livestock this year than ever recorded, an indication that efforts to save the big cats have been successful, biologists say.

More than 50 domestic animals were killed in 32 incidents according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

All but one of the incidents occurred in Collier County, with the most frequent spot being Golden Gate Estates, a vast Acreage-type community neighboring the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, Everglades National Park and the Big Cypress National Preserve. The one other report was a calf killed in Hendry County, just west of Palm Beach County.