Better Fencing Key to Resolve Florida Panther Problem

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Better Fencing Key to Resolve Florida Panther Problem

As I have seen before this cat was sick., Most any time I have been around where there has been a "problemed " cougar/mountain lion/ panther. The end results have often been a old disabled or sick cat. Seems the kind of money they spend in the research of these animals they would have an idea as to the health conditions of a collared cat..

Fish and Wildlife biologists have been keeping tabs on the panther since it was a year old.
FP-60 was born in October 1995 in Big Cypress National Preserve. In March 1996, biologists captured and collared him.
Based on telemetry data from the collar, the cat roamed Big Cypress, the Florida Panther Refuge, Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve, Picayune Strand State Forest and even northern Golden Gate Estates.
Meanwhile, the Shealys and Jan Michael Jacobson, director of the Everglades Institute, are under investigation after they tethered a goat and filmed the panther attacking it two weeks ago, wildlife officials said.
?All I was doing was identifying what was taking my goats,? Shealy said. ?That cat broke through three cages to get to that goat.?,0,174...

The cat was in terrible shape. It weighed 93 pounds, down from 137 pounds in 1998. It was missing patches of fur. It had wounds on its face. A veterinarian planned to test for mercury, mange, ringworm and other health problems. Rather than being released in the wild, the panther went by truck to the White Oak Conservation Center north of Jacksonville.

Nobody approached us about compensating us for our animals," he said. "I've got photographs of the cat killing my animals. It shouldn't be my problem. It's their experiment.",2071,NPDN_14940_3000559,00...

It's been a nightmare," said Trail Lakes Campground owner Jack Shealy.
He said he told Conservation Commission biologists weeks ago that the panther looked sick and criticized them for not taking quicker action.
Shealy insisted that the panther posed a threat to human safety, but the panther never showed any aggression toward humans, said biologist Darrell Land, panther section leader for the Conservation Commission.
The campground's animals were another story. The panther killed 16 goats, four emus, three turkeys, five ducks and a chicken before owners deterred the panther by erecting a taller wooden fence around the animals, Shealy said.
Biologists had hoped the panther would leave the area around the campground on its own, but that didn't happen. That is unusual behavior for a panther.

Looks like Florida has it under control....NOT

Posted on Wed, Jul. 21, 2004


Biologist who filed complaint to lose job


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A panther biologist who filed a formal complaint about the use of flawed scientific data by his employer, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, has been given a termination notice. The biologist, Andrew Eller, has 30 days to respond.
The agency criticized Eller for not responding quickly enough to public queries and not completing biological opinions on whether permits should be issued within the required time frame.
Eller countered that during the time the complaints were made, he was the only biologist in Southwest Florida.
South Florida has almost 70 endangered species, in addition to panthers, that have to be considered when issuing development permits.
''What the service is not saying is that no one in the office is meeting these deadlines,'' Eller said. ``Even now we're still not meeting those [the formally required] deadlines.''
In May, Eller formally complained that the agency was making decisions about where development should be permitted in panther areas by using data on how panthers behave that had been repudiated by an independent scientific review team.
The agency admitted several weeks ago that the panther behavior data was flawed. But it refused to change any permitting decisions that had already been made, and said it would keep using the flawed data for decisions until 2006.