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WORTH A LOOK, REMINDS US OF WHAT WE'RE FIGHTING FOR! April 04, 2010 7:45 AM

Panthers in Picayune kicking up their heels

Posted: Apr 02, 2010 2:47 PM EDT

FLORIDA: A photograph taken last month of a Florida panther and her two kittens is making the e-mail rounds among wildlife biologists and conservation partners.
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The photo, taken from a plane above Picayune Strand, near Naples, captures the trailing kitten mid-leap.

Picayune Strand, a 55,000-acre chunk of the Everglades, was drained and partially developed decades ago to build a subdivision.

The development failed, and over the years the state and federal governments spent $150 million to purchase the land, lot by lot.

After three decades of working to protect Florida's natural resources, including panther conservation, biologist Kim Dryden said, "It's truly exciting to take this step towards panther recovery."

For more information about the Picayune Strand Restoration Project and the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, go to www.evergladesplan.org.

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 April 04, 2010 5:23 PM

This is the best photo yet!!  Such a beautiful image and very, very breathtaking.  Thank you sis for posting this.

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 July 03, 2010 12:29 PM

Beautiful, thanks for sharing this photo and information Ceci.

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