Two of the wild cats die within a week, leading to more concerns about management and protection of the endangered species
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Two more rare and endangered Florida panthers died last week, for a total of 12 mortalities this year.
So far, 19 panther kittens have been born in 2012, including litters with three and four kittens documented just in the past few weeks in Big Cypress National Preserve.
Some conservation advocates said they’re troubled by the trend toward more deaths resulting from panthers fighting each other, suggesting that the wild cats are running out of room.
A Washington, D.C.-based watchdog group, Public Employees for Environmental Ethics, was quick to point a finger at federal land managers after the latest deaths, charging that various resource decisions in the area are contributing to the mortality.
“Individually, these panther deaths are difficult to avoid but collectively they are the unavoidable result of official dereliction of duty,” said PEER director Jeff Ruch. (more…)