Saturday, January 10, 2009

The Florida Panther

This photo is one of Jim Angy's, and it gives me such pleasure that I keep a framed copy on my refrigerator door. (It also makes me think twice before getting into the ice cream.) In the interests of full disclosure, Jim wants me to tell you that the photo was not taken in the wild.

A glimmer of hope - according to a report by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Florida panther population is now about 100, compared to an estimated 35 in the 1990s. The above link leads to a particularly interesting and well-done site, full of good information and images, and I hope you'll take some time to wander around in it. (I liked the Credits page that lists all the people who collaborated in developing such a good web site. Primary web development was provided by the Askew School Web Development Group at Florida State University.)

In my previous post, there was a link to Laurilee Thompson's speech at a 2005 Mosquito Lagoon Conference in which she talked about life along the Indian River Lagoon in Titusville during the 1950s, 60s, and 70s - fascinating reading. No panthers, but plenty of fish stories! Today's Good Stuff quote was pulled from that speech. Do any of you have stories to share from that time?

In the Week That Was in the blog world, Robin Chapman has a great posting about an unusual character (Mr. Con R.I.P.), Florida Cracker (Pure Florida) has a fabulous photo and recipe for a chicken and sausage dish, David has a terrific post in his Visit Florida column for any of you planning a trip to Sanibel, Cactus Jack describes the havoc wreaked by 100 mph winds, and Amanda has a heartbreaking story about an abandoned mother horse and her colt.
Tonight's full moon will be the biggest and brightest of the year - should bring out the best in our photographer friends (and werewolves).


Cactus Jack Splash said...

So is a Florida Panther the same as a cougar or puma?

Caroline said...

Now look at article 1/10 about mountain lion hunting season in SD. Much controversy over same.
Caroline in the Black Hills

Florida Beach Basics said...

Cactus Jack: The Florida panther is the last subspecies of Puma (also known as mountain lion,
cougar, puma, or catamount) still surviving in the eastern U.S. Do you have any of these critters in Washington State?

Readers: The article Caroline speaks of can be found at - Caroline, what was rationale for a hunting season on mountain lions? Over population or hunting lobbyists?

Dani said...

Now if only they could keep them from being roadkill. I think that would help the population somewhat.

Amanda said...

mom down in Louisiana said a cougar was spotted down there and the local rednecks found out about it, tracked it down with dogs and killed it. Can not tell you how angry this makes me.

Cactus Jack Splash said...

Thanks for letting me know that. Yep we have cougars up here in Washington...if I run into one on the trail the DOR better hold on because I am going to blow marbles and run like heck no matter what she says.