SUN SENTINEL: Feds shouldn't change Florida panther protections

Sun Sentinel: Written by Sun Sentinel Editorial Board. August 22, 2017.

Someone should tell the rest of Florida’s panthers they can come home.

Even though there’s just an estimated 230 Florida panthers still in existence, federal regulators are reconsidering their status as an endangered species.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is studying whether a slight uptick in panther population since 2014 is enough to change them from “endangered” to “threatened.”

Changing panthers’ endangered status could do away with some of their federal protections. It’s a move supported by developers and ranchers who bristle at limits imposed on using panthers’ ever-shrinking territory.

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