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


January 30, 2006

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


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


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


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.


  • 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.

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