Walking with the Alligators

Walking with the Alligators
A Florida Alligator

December 23, 2012

If only.....

 A Florida Panther
              Our Florida Panther

This has been a good year for so many of Florida's Endangered or Threatened wildlife,
and if only this posting could end right here.
But tragically, this has been the very worst year on record for our
beautiful Florida Panthers and as of today, 25 have been killed.
We do not have 25 of them to spare.
So many people and organizations are dedicated to saving this beautiful animal,
that when they keep dying in spite of all of the precautions, protections and safety efforts,
it is just so disheartening.
Areas have been set aside just for them, conservation laws have been put in place just for them,
heaven and earth have been moved for them, but they simply cannot overcome the
single deadliest occurrence that continues to take most of their lives, humans driving cars.
Of the 25 Panthers killed this year, 17 were killed by cars.
This is an unacceptable outrage.
The Florida Panther is without a doubt, the most Endangered animal in North America,
perhaps in the world and it is appalling that with all of our advanced scientific technology,
Conservation organizations and indefatigably devoted Biologists and volunteers,
that we cannot seem to stop their continual deaths.
What else, what more, can we do?
Well some one, some group, some agency, had better come up with a new idea, an effective
working plan and soon because there are now barely only one hundred or so of them left.
And one day very soon, this critically Endangered mammal's extremely small gene pool
could lead to the physical anomalies that may end the species altogether.

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