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Endangered Florida panther threatened by development project approved by Trump

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Experts are warning that the endangered Florida panther will lose an important hunting and roaming habitat that is crucial for the continued survival of the species if a new major development project in rural Collier county in south-west Florida is approved.

“This area was never intended for this amount of development,” said Amber Crooks, environmental policy manager of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida.

“These parts of Collier county contain a lot of important habitat for the Florida panther and also so many other rare species and has important public lands on each corner. The best available science tells us the panther needs all its available habitat to survive and ultimately recover,” she said.

“The top concern is habitat loss, but there’s also the impact of traffic. Every year dozens of panthers are struck and killed by vehicles. What’s going to happen when you add 300,000 people to an area that is already very deadly [for them]?”

The project is expected to be approved by the Trump administration as early as April this year. Read more about this story on the Guardian:

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Almost half of proposed area of construction falls within hunting and roaming zone that is essential to animal’s survival

Another day, another endangered species at risk from a development project. It's all just so depressing.

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