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Fish and Wildlife Service to Discuss Release of Draft Florida Panther Recovery Plan for Public Review

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 30, 2006

Contacts:
Tom MacKenzie, 404-679-7291 Cell: 678-296-6400
Paul Souza, 772-562-3909 x 285




What:

Media Phone Bridge with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announcing an updated blueprint for the conservation of the endangered Florida panther. 

Who:

Sam D. Hamilton, Southeast Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Paul Souza, Deputy Field Supervisor, South Florida Ecological Services Office

When/Where:

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 11:00 a.m. (Eastern)

USA Toll Free Number: 888-664-9857

Passcode: Panther

Leader: Tom MacKenzie

The passcode and the leader's name will be required to join your call.

Background:

  • The plan will bolster existing partnerships and chart a course based on the best science for the long-term growth of a population that's nearly quadrupled over the past 15 years.
  • The Service is seeking public comments on this third revision of the Florida Panther Recovery Plan.
  • The principal threats to the panther include habitat loss, degradation, and fragmentation resulting from urbanization and agricultural development; reduced genetic diversity; and mortality associated with road hazards and potential disease outbreaks.


For more information about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, visit our home page at http://southeast.fws.gov/ or http://www.fws.gov/.



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Phone: 404/679-7289 Fax: 404/679-7286


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