Recovery Implementation Team
In 1967, the Department of the Interior listed the Florida panther (Puma concolor coryi) as an endangered species. Over the last 30 years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has worked closely with the State of Florida, as well as Federal agencies and private partners to make significant progress toward Florida panther recovery. However, considerable work remains to be accomplished in order to realize the recovery criteria specified in the latest Florida Panther Recovery Plan (Plan). Recently, several new opportunities and ideas to foster panther recovery have come to our attention. To take advantage of and begin implementing these new possibilities, the Service has decided to form a new Florida Panther Recovery Implementation Team (Implementation Team).
The Implementation Team consists of members representing the Service, National Park Service, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), and other stakeholders, with a mandate to facilitate those recovery activities most needed to progress toward the recovery goals identified in the Plan. Once it has identified the priority recovery actions that it will address, the Implementation Team will draw upon technical experts both within and outside of their respective organizations to develop the detailed plans and methods to accomplish those actions.
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Team Leader: Larry Williams, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Team Liaison: Dawn Jennings, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Robin Boughton, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Ron Clark, Big Cypress National Preserve
Kipp Frohlich, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Kevin Godsea, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Todd Hallman, Florida Sportsmen’s Conservation Association; Florida Sportsmen Trust Group
Tom Jones, Barron Collier Companies
Laurie MacDonald, Defenders of Wildlife
Florida Panther Recovery Implementation Team Workshop – Estimating Florida Panther Population Size
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Florida Panther Recovery Implementation Team is conducting a public workshop on estimating Florida panther numbers and population density. The workshop will be held on October 28, from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM, at the University of Florida IFAS Extension Office in Collier County, 14700 Immokalee Road, Naples, FL.
The purpose of this workshop is to present the latest information on how panthers are counted to derive an estimate of the population numbers, to discuss the techniques that are being used to estimate panther density on public lands, and to present a new proposal to estimate panther density on private lands.
The workshop will be informational, but will also provide an opportunity for interactive discussion with the public on the topic of estimating the size of the Florida panther population.
The meeting is free and open to the public. No RSVP is necessary. However, seating will be limited and provided on a first-come, first-seated basis. Here’s the planned agenda:
Meeting Agendas and Minutes
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