REJECT Eastern Collier Incidental Take Permit
“Habitat Conservation Plan” Puts Panther At Risk For Extinction, Threatens Water Supply, Displaces Farmworkers
Nine Collier County landowners, including Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commissioner Aliese Priddy, have applied to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for an exemption to the Endangered Species Act for the impact caused to over fifteen endangered species from the proposed development of 53,000 acres with residential & commercial development, mining and oil drilling, including 25,000 acres of Primary Zone habitat for Panthers – over 10% of its remaining primary acreage in Florida. 107,000 acres have been offered by these landowners to be placed under conservation – but this acreage is already under local and state protections as preserved land. Worse still, activities such as oil drilling and exploration will be allowed in this conservation area, devaluing the land ecologically for the approximately 100 panthers remaining in the wild. *(More on Panther Population Estimates found here)
The Florida Panther, our official state animal and one of the most endangered mammals on Earth, calls this land home. The panther and other protected species need YOU to be their voice and submit public comment to the US FWS to REJECT the Habitat Conservation Plan.
More in-depth information on the issues surrounding this plan and what is at stake for our wildlife:
Florida Panthers US FWS, Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission & Commissioner Aliese Priddy
The Eastern Collier County Habitat Conservation Plan falls short of Fish & Wildlife requirements for incidental take permits, ignoring opposition of local citizens, accepted scientific findings, and even the recommendations of the ranchers’ own panther biologists. The fate of the Florida Panther depends on the denial of this permit.
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