Wildlands Network responds to the USFWS’s 5-year review of the Florida panther’s endangered status: The Florida panther’s recent population growth in south Florida is encouraging, and almost certainly speaks to the genetic rescue effect generated by introduction of cougars from Texas. However, urban development continues to quickly erode prime Florida panther habitat across Florida and in other southeastern states as well. This unmitigated pattern of urban development across the region is one of several signals that the current efforts to recover the panther are inadequate for achieving the goal of recovering the Florida panther to the point where it is no longer threatened with extinction in the wild.
In these comments submitted to the USFWS, Wildlands Network’s Dr. Ron Sutherland outlines the flaws in the agency’s plan to reduce wild red wolves to a small patch of federal land in Dare County, North Carolina. Ron lays out Wildlands Network’s recommendations to combat the plan’s flawed science, including maintaining the wild red wolf population, understanding the critical ramifications of gunshot mortality for the red wolves, and not limiting the wolves to captive population. We submitted these comments to the USFWS during the open comment period for their plan to reduce the wild red wolf population.
The Eastern Wildway Newsletter collects some of the news and accomplishments from our partners around the Wildway. This edition from July 2017 includes stories about the International Conference on Ecology and Transportation and the reversal of the McKittrick Policy.
The Eastern Wildway Newsletter collects some of the news and accomplishments from our partners around the Wildway. This edition from May 2017 includes stories about a female panther north of the Caloosahatchee River and PBS’s film “The Forgotten Coast: Return to Wild Florida.”
The Eastern Wildway Newsletter collects some of the news and accomplishments from our partners around the Wildway. This edition from March 2017 includes stories about the Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact Act of 2016 and the Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge.
The Eastern Wildway Newsletter collects some of the news and accomplishments from our partners around the Wildway. This edition from February 2017 includes stories about the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act, the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline, and the designation of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.
In this study, we identify priority road segments across North Carolina using a suite of characteristics that predicts where wildlife and transportation conflict is greatest. We did this through the development of large, small, and all species models that integrate numerous road characteristics, such as traffic volume, species-specific connectivity data, and proximity to protected natural areas. The models provide a comprehensive outlook on roadways most deserving of intervention for wildlife, nuanced enough to help identify which mitigation structures or retrofits would be most appropriate for the particular species involved.
This is a summary of a report prepared for the South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative, describing a connectivity assessment conducted for the U.S. Southeast region (Virginia to Florida) for 7 focal species: timber rattlesnake, diamondback rattlesnake, pine snake, box turtle, Florida panther, red wolf, and black bear. The results look at both the current landscape and forecasted landscape changes due to sea level rise and development pressures. For the full report, contact our Eastern Wildway staff.
In a report prepared for the Southeast Climate Science Center, we describe a connectivity assessment of the U.S. Southeast (Virginia to Florida and across to Texas) for 3 focal species: timber rattlesnake, black bear, and Rafinesque’s big-eared bat.
The Florida panther is the last subspecies of Puma still surviving in the eastern United States. Historically occurring throughout the southeastern United States, today the panther is restricted to less than 5% of its historic range in one breeding population located in south Florida. The goal of this recovery plan is to achieve long-term viability of the Florida panther to a point where it can be reclassified from endangered to threatened, and then removed from the Federal List of endangered and threatened species.