Buffy Turner shared a link to Everglades Coalition's timeline.
do you know about ROGG?
Walk for Mother Earth Organizer Betty Osceola to appear on the Red Road Radio Show Wednesday March 26, 2015: http://redroadradio.com/walk-for-mother-earth-organizer-betty-osceola-to-appear-on-the-red-road-radio-show-march-26-2015/
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Join us LIVE at 5pm Eastern on WENG 1530AM/107.5FM when our guest will be Walk for Mother Earth organizer and Everglades resident Betty Osceola.
We will be discussing the Walk for Mother Earth event kicking off this weekend and its purpose to bring awareness about the River of Grass Greenway project.
The ROGG project has been years in the making and despite its rather innocuous name, under closer examination, will be a significant and invasive undertaking that will alter critical habitat as well as culturally sacred homelands for many indigenous people.
A 76 mile long concrete and asphalt pathway between 14 and 18ft wide is being planned to extend from the Gulf of Mexico coast to Miami right through the Everglades and Floridians will end up paying for it to the tune of $700,000. to $1 million a mile.
This land has already undergone man made changes over the years in the name of progress dramatically altering the landscape and natural flow of one of this country’s most important and treasured preserves. Please listen, learn and weigh in on a topic few Floridians seem to know about right here in our own back yard.
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Puma or Puma Concolor is the name given to all Cougars, panthers, mountain lions, catamounts, painters, etc in North America.
The issue is simply that they are no longer a "Florida Panther". First, scientists have disproved the existence of the separate subspecies, making all Cougars in North America one and the same(Culver et al.). That means that there is absolutely no difference between a cougar in Florida and one in California or Canada. Conveniently government agencies and NGOs refuse to accept that scientific conclusion. Furthermore, one of the last two known "Florida panthers" died in 2011, struck by a car, as is the fate of most panthers these days. The second known "Florida Panther", FP113, was eleven years old when she was last photographed in 2013, her existence today is not likely.
In the 1990's government agencies and NGOs introduced Texas Cougars in north and south Florida. When they did so they made a determination that if the resulting cats were to surpass a pre determined threshold of genetic material, which they did ten years ago, that they would no longer genetically be considered a "Florida panther". Also, to add to the melting pot of genetics, in the 1950's and 1960's puma from South America, which by the way are scientifically recognized as a separate and distinct species, were released in the Everglades. Genetic markers from those cats still exist today. Florida and Everglades Panthers have been on the decline since the introduction of Texas Cougars. In 2007 their numbers had already declined below what was known to exist in 1986, prior to the introduction of Texas Cougars.
The only other distinction that allows for protection of panthers in Florida is the designation of a DPS, distinct population segment. The government only "officially" recognizes the existence of panthers south of the Caloosahatchee River, despite the constant and credible confirmed sightings across all of Florida and The Southeastern United States. Conveniently this provides the cats protections that are not needed and have destructive consequences. We have an over capacity population of an animal that is not now nor was it ever in danger of extinction. So much so that Dave Maehr, the original government panther expert told the government that this program was not needed and would destroy the integrity of "Florida Panther" genetics. As a result of his determinations the agency chose to let him go.
The consequences of this program are dire, real and are occurring daily as the program continues to lack management. Native wildlife populations are disappearing, livestock depredations are out of control, small pets are being consumed, and some neighborhood residents are held hostage by the fear of attack or injury. The same government agencies and NGOs that created this program stated in 2006 that the panther zone could not hold more than 94 individuals, and we now have as many as 272 according to government models.
There is no question that Puma Concolor belongs in the Florida landscape. They have been here all along and should continue to thrive here. However, so too should all other species be given the opportunity to exist and thrive in the landscape. We should not over protect one species to the detriment of all the others. Panthers are Pumas, they are not in danger of extinction, and they exist here in Florida at numbers greater than can be sustained.
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Everglades Coalition shared a link.
The Everglades Coalition is an alliance of more than fifty local, state and national conservation and environmental organizations dedicated to full restoration of the greater Everglades ecosystem, from the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes into Lake Okeechobe
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