In three days, three panthers die
In the know. In the Times.
There are 100 Florida panthers left in the wild. Wait, make that 97. Three panthers were killed just this week by cars on US Highway 41 in Collier County. There are no fences on either side of the road, and there are no large tunnels under the road for the large cats to use. Why not? People, hunters specifically, complained that fences would limit their access to the surrounding woods for recreation. Read all about it on page 1B in today’s Times as a follow up to Craig Pittman’s April 18th article on the slow path to extinction the panther is taking. Should there be fences? Should there be underpass tunnels? Or should people driving cars just know enough to slow down?
Have you read Craig Pittman’s Special Report about the Florida panther? You can read the two-part special report on the e-Edition of the Times or on Tampabay.com. You also can access videos, panther facts and previous articles on the Multimedia Report at tampabay.com/floridapanther. What do you think about this? Can you offer any alternative solutions? Do you think there are other reasons the Florida Panther population is at risk? Do you have any questions for Times staff writer Craig Pittman?