Pictures of Cats: January 2009 Archives
I know the Florida Panthers haven't had the greatest season, but I sure hope Obama has better things to do than worry about hockey! Don't get me wrong, I'm up for a good hockey game, just like any other red blooded Canadian, but I'm talking about the actual animal that the Florida Panthers were named after. Yep, you guessed it, the Florida Panthers.
There are less than 80 Florida panthers left in the world and they all live in South Florida. The only hope for the panthers is to get Obama's support to designate a specific area that the remaining panthers can live in protected.
You see the problem is there has been controversy over where exactly the Florida Panther likes to live. They have been found living in forests, prairies, and swamps. So instead of conserving a little bit of every type of habitat, or setting aside a little bit of one type of habitat, only a small parcel of land has been conserved. Not enough has been done.
Authorities have argued and argued about it but no land has been designated to them. Because of the controversy, developers have stepped in and build indiscriminately and destroyed their habitat until there is no where left for them to go.
But they wouldn't be in this mess if Florida Panthers hadn't been hunted. Up until 30 years ago it was not uncommon to hear of panther hunting in Florida. Now, they are trying to do everything they can to save the once hunted panther.
And the really sad thing is the fact that vehicles kill more panthers now than any other cause of death. 3 panthers have already lost their lives in 2009 due to vehicles. Pretty sad.
I'm sure Obama has a few things to take care of now that he has taken office, but I hope he can help save the remaining panthers before it is too late.