27 Aug '11, 2pm

Man Sentenced for Shooting Endangered Panther | Care2 Healthy Living

Man Sentenced for Shooting Endangered Panther | Care2 Healthy Living

A Georgia man convicted of killing an endangered Florida panther was sentenced to two years of probation and a $2,000 fine . During the probation period he will not be allowed to obtain a hunting license anywhere in the United States. Florida panthers have been protected by the Endangered Species Act for many years. Currently their population is estimated to be about 100-150, though before cougars from Texas were introduced in the 1980s, it had declined to 15-20. The smallest group had experienced inbreeding and genetic defects such as kinked tails, heart conditions, and other health problems. “Today’s sentencing affirms our commitment to investigate violations of the federal wildlife laws intended to protect our Nation’s most imperiled species,” said Luis J. Santiago, who works for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement. (Source: Fish and Wildlife Se...

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