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Endangered species: Bad year for Florida panthers & manatees

By Gary Bogue
Tuesday, January 12th, 2010 at 6:48 am in Endangered species, Florida panther, Manatee.

Everglades. Photo by Flickr user Stig Nygaard used under a Creative Commons License
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More from the Jan. 7 edition of the weekly e-newsletter of the Center for Biological Diversity:

On New Year’s Eve, a three-month-old Florida panther kitten was tragically hit and killed by a car in Naples, Florida, bringing the number of 2009 panther road kills to 17 — the highest number ever recorded — while total 2009 panther deaths reached 24.

Manatee. Photo by Flickr user annie_caufield used under a Creative Commons License
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Florida manatees also suffered a record deadly year with 429 of the majestic animals dying, the largest number since record keeping began in 1974. At least 97 of the deaths were due to boat collisions.

With Florida’s human population booming, there are more and more roads, more and more cars, and more and more boats. And, of course, less and less habitat and wildlife.

Read more in Scientific American magazine

We’re not just seeing more and more collisions between cars and wildlife … and man … in Florida. It’s happening all across the country and it affects all species of native wildlife. I’m not sure what the answer is, or IF there’s an answer. Are you? /Gary

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