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FWC Revisits Florida Panther Recovery Plan

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State wildlife officials are rethinking their policy when it comes to conserving the endangered Florida panther.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s position statement says much of the federal plan to recover the panther population is “aspirational rather than practical.”

The FWC wants to shift policies of the federal plan to focus on managing the core panther population in Southwest Florida.

This has environmental activists protesting. We’ll take a look at the potential new policy, how it differs from the federal plan and why it’s being rewritten.


Jennifer Hecker, Conservancy of Southwest Florida
Craig Pittman, Environmental Reporter for The Tampa Bay Times
Ken Warren, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Topher is a reporter at WGCU News.