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PLEASE, Help Save The Florida Panther Before They Disappear!!! August 23, 2006 6:49 PM

Do you think panthers hang out in trees? Well, they don't! There are so many pictures of them in trees because they are trying to escape from tracking dogs scientists use to temporarily capture them for radio collaring and medical care. Of course, this wouldn't be necessary if mankind hadn't encroached on their territory and put them at severe risk of extinction. Please visit this site to learn more about our precious native big cats, and what you can do to help: Thank you for showing you care, please pass this on..........  [ send green star]
 September 16, 2006 5:30 AM

my roses are doing good and flowering in naples..  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 September 20, 2006 8:05 AM

Dear Ceci, Is there a petition that I can sign. Thank you dear friend, you care so much for all animals.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 September 20, 2006 9:14 AM

Hi Simone! I am so happy to see someone alive here, unlike that goofball above your post, you made me cry! I cannot find one petition for these gorgeous creatures that roam my state, I'm open to any suggestions. Thanks so much for the story you posted too, everytime I look for info on what's happening with the panther I never find a thing. Florida is booming, as far as I'm concerned I wish people would go live somewhere else. Too much land is being taken from all our wildlife, the gators, the panthers, everyone is suffering! They're destroying the Everglades, I just can't handle it all. And the group host here is a young teen, nothing is going on in this group!  [ send green star]
 September 20, 2006 9:13 PM

Ceci, you made me cracked up with your goofball remark. thanks for making my day!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Why should we save the Florida Panther? September 21, 2006 12:19 AM

Why should we save the Florida Panther? The Florida Panther is special simply because it exists. As a top predator this subspecies of mountain lion is known as an “Umbrella Species” because its survival means the survival of the flora and fauna (plants and animals) that live in its range. If we are losing big cats, it is because we are losing natural wilderness areas to urban sprawl. Preserving wilderness protects the quality of soil, water and air that all species, including us depend on for life.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 September 27, 2006 6:58 AM

The puma originally ranged throughout much of North, Central, and South America. It is among the most widely ranging American mammals, but has been lost from much of its former range over the last 500 years. It is also known as the cougar, mountain lion, Florida panther and red tiger. PumaPuma adults are a uniform tawny colour with lighter fur on their lower chests, belly, and inner legs. This uniform colour provide camouflage and often matches the colour of the deer that they hunt. Cougar kittens are spotted, which helps to camouflage them in the shadows of their den. The greatest threat to the puma's survival is loss, fragmentation, and degradation of habitat. Other threats include inbreeding, insufficient numbers of large prey, disease, and environmental contaminants. Institutional constraints and negative public perceptions also threaten the future survival of the Florida panther. The Florida panther, one of more than 20 subspecies of puma, and is critically endangered as is the eastern North American subspecies. The Florida panther was formerly found throughout the south eastern United States, but had disappeared from most of its range by the late 1920s. Florida was one of the first states to offer any legal protection to the panther, in the 1950s, and it is now home to the only known puma population in Eastern North America, consisting of just 30-50 adult animals confined to fragmented patches of habitat. Health issues affecting such small populations include a lack of sufficiently diverse genetic material, exposure to domestic animal-borne disease, such as feline HIV, and problems stemming from poor nutrition, such as anaemia and parasitic infestation. Between 1979 and 1991, road kills accounted for half of all known Florida panther deaths while very high levels of mercury were found in two dead Everglades panthers, possibly from eating racoons which had eaten contaminated fish. The remaining Florida panther habitat is fragmented by agriculture and settlements and criss-crossed by roads. Some of the most strategically located forests are owned by people that are hostile to panther conservation.  

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 September 27, 2006 6:59 AM

Of approximately 12,555 sq km of occupied panther range in south Florida, only 47% is in state and federal ownership and this is often the marginal or less productive land. Panthers that live on private lands are often in better physical condition and have a higher rate of reproductive success than those on public lands, possibly due to greater prey availability and less disturbance from hunters. Government initiatives to includes the use of fences and underpasses to give panthers safe access across a major highway, the management of deer and hog populations on public lands, vaccination programmes and a captive breeding programme. Re-introduction is the government's preferred management strategy. However, these efforts have been hampered by complaints from locals and cats have been recaptured. For more information about the puma see Wildfacts.

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 September 27, 2006 7:41 AM

Is there any work being done to talk round those forest owners who are hostile to the idea of Panther conservation?


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