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How much longer will this overcapacity Puma population be sustained on the backs of FLORIDA RANCHERS ! Private property rights should be balanced with environmental programs.... Government agencies are more than willing to trample Private Property rights for environmental purposes. Private Property rights ARE THE BASIS FOR OUR FREEDOM IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA..... MyFWC USFWS Endangered Species USFWS Southeast Region FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies FSCA - Florida Sportsmen's Conservation Association Conservation Trust for Florida Florida Beef Council Florida Cattlemen's Association Florida Sportsman magazine Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance Safari Club International (SCI) -- Official Group Everglades Coalition Everglades Foundation Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division

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At one time, reports of panther sightings were rare. Today, panthers are being seen with increasing frequency. Human interaction and depredation of livestock and pets has surged and will continue as the native prey base continues to be decimated by an over capacity population. Panthers are growing bolder around people and dogs, they appear to have lost their natural fear of man. While many studies have been conducted over the years, none of them address the risks associated with the extensive handling of wild panthers by agency personnel. There is a very real possibility that interaction with wild panthers and the agency staff could lend to the uptick in human interaction and depredation. Annually, between November and March, teams of hounds, swamp buggies, ATV's and helicopters harass and pursue panthers in their natural environment, all of which are identified as illegal activities as they relate to an endangered species. The panthers are chased, for miles, by barking and howling dogs until they are weakened or are chased up a tree. They are then darted, poked, prodded, injected, coddled and caressed, inflicting unnecessary and most likely unwanted contact with man. Some of them are often fitted with tight fitting, constrictive, tracking collars. The collars allow a plane to further harass and pursue those individuals at least 3 times a week, all year long. Despite all the efforts, studies, resources, dollars and man power consumed by Florida Panther recovery, very little has been directed towards landscape management or population management of an over capacity apex predator population. MyFWC FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission USFWS Endangered Species USFWS Southeast Region FSCA - Florida Sportsmen's Conservation Association Florida Cattlemen's Association Florida Beef Council Conservation Trust for Florida Florida Forest Service U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation Florida Sportsman magazine Everglades Coalition Everglades Foundation

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There is an interesting article in today's issue of the Hendry-Glades Sunday News. It addresses the issues associated with an over capacity population of predators whose identity cannot be agreed on. MyFWC USFWS Endangered Species USFWS Southeast Region Governor Rick Scott Adam Putnam FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Big Cypress National Preserve Everglades Coalition Everglades Foundation FSCA - Florida Sportsmen's Conservation Association Conservation Trust for Florida Everglades National Park Big Cypress Sportsmen's Alliance Inc. U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation Florida Sportsman magazine Woods 'N Water Magazine

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