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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 Members

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

 

Public Meeting

Florida Panther Recovery Implementation Team Workshop – Estimating Florida Panther Population Size
October 28, 2014; 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
University of Florida IFAS Collier County Extension Office – Naples, FL
http://collier.ifas.ufl.edu/


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:


10:00 AM Welcome Larry Williams (USFWS)
  How to Count Panthers Roy McBride (Rancher’s Supply)
  Using Count Data to Provide Panther Population Numbers Darrell Land (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission - FWC)
12:00 PM Lunch (limited availability of restaurants – might want to bring your own)  
1:30 PM Using Road Kill Data to Provide a Panther Population Estimate with Statistical Confidence Dave Onorato (FWC)
  Monitoring the Florida Panther Population with Remote Cameras: Past Applications and Current Approaches David Shindle (Conservancy of Southwest FL)
  Current Studies: Addition Lands Dave Onorato (FWC)
  Assessing Panther Densities on Private Lands Kipp Frohlich (FWC)
  Discussion All
4:00 PM Adjourn  

Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Meeting Dates
Agendas
Minutes
Handouts
July 22-23, 2014 Adobe Icon to PDF Document Adobe Icon to PDF Document Florida Panther RIT Action Items (5/29/2014)
Florida Panther RIT Action Items Accomplished (5/29/2014)
Florida Panther Decision Matrix (revised 6/25/2014)

June 3, 2014 Adobe Icon to PDF Document Adobe Icon to PDF Document
May 22, 2014
Panther Forum
Adobe Icon to PDF Document Draft Florida Panther Alternative Options Matrix
Draft Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) Concept Paper
Florida Panther Status Presentation
Payment for Ecosystem Services Concept Presentation
Recovery Team Priority Actions Presentation
USFWS Alternative Options North of the Caloosahatchee River Presentation
Human Dimensions of Carnivore Conservation (01/12/2010)

May 14, 2014 Adobe Icon to PDF Document Adobe Icon to PDF Document
May 6, 2014 Adobe Icon to PDF Document Adobe Icon to PDF Document
March 14, 2014 Adobe Icon to PDF Document Adobe Icon to PDF Document
January 28-29, 2013 Adobe Icon to PDF Document Adobe Icon to PDF Document Florida Panther RIT Action Items (11/20/2013)
Florida Panther RIT Action Items Accomplished (11/20/2013)
Defenders of Wildlife 2013 Florida Panther Identification Guide
Florida Panther RIT Action Items (10/24/2013)
Human Dimensions of Carnivore Conservation (01/12/2010)

October 22-23, 2013 Adobe Icon to PDF Document Adobe Icon to PDF Document Florida Panther RIT Action Items Accomplished (10/24/2013)
Florida Panther Research and Monitoring Projects (11/13/2013)
Statement on Estimating Panther Population Size (12/00/2010)
Structuring Incentives to Potect Panthers and Panther Habitat on Private Lands (10/1/2013)

August 20-21, 2013 Adobe Icon to PDF Document Adobe Icon to PDF Document Florida Panther Decision Matrix (revised 9/23/2013)
Florida Panther Research and Monitoring Projects (10/21/2013)
Conservation Incentives Toolkit (7/21/2008)
List of Landowner Incentive Programs
Private Lands Incentives Summary for LCC (8/2013)


Please send any questions concerning Florida Panther Recovery Implementation to the following email address: pantherrecovery@fws.gov.
Last updated: September 17, 2014
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