30 Jun '15, 9pm

.@onEarthMag asks, What happens when preserving a species makes it unpopular?

.@onEarthMag asks, What happens when preserving a species makes it unpopular?

And that’s the problem. As recently as 20 years ago, there were roughly as many panthers to be found in the entire state of Florida as there are words in this sentence. Alarmed, a broad cross-section of Floridians decided they didn’t want to lose one of their state’s signature species, so they made an effort to save them. (Schoolchildren “elected” the cat to its current position of official state animal back in 1982.) Today, most biologists estimate that there are between 100 and 180 panthers roaming the state, concentrated mostly in the southwest. That’s still not a lot, but as their population has increased, their popularity has plummeted—especially among some ranchers and landowners, who claim that there are far more panthers out there than biologists have counted, and that they’re killing livestock in alarming numbers. As the backlash mounts, at least four panthers hav...

Full article: http://www.onearth.org/earthwire/florida-panther-conserva...

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biologicaldiversity.org 30 Jun '15, 5pm

For Immediate Release, June 30, 2015 Contact: Jenny Loda, (510) 844-7136 ext. 336; [email protected] Four Rare...