05 October 2010 Panther death tragic reminder to slow down Posted by: Caitlin Leutwiler | 3 comments | Share: The weekend brought some sad news when the Florida Wildlife Commission recovered the remains of a 3-year-old female panther that had been struck by a vehicle and killed. Of the 15 panthers that have died this year, this is the 12th killed in a collision with a car or truck. Sadly, panthers aren’t the only Floridians at risk on the road. In a Transportation for America ranking of the top 10 most dangerous cities for pedestrians, the top four cities were all located in Florida. Elizabeth Fleming, with Defenders’ Florida program said, “US 41 between Miami and Naples is a very deadly road for panthers and people, and it is a tragedy that another breeding age female has been killed here by a vehicle. Defenders is working to solve the chronic problem at Turner River in Big Cypress and other areas where this highway cuts through core panther habitat on our public conservation lands.” From east to west the highway runs through Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve, Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve, Collier Seminole State Park and Picayune Strand State Forest. “People driving on that road need to realize they are in a special place and they need to slow down and remain alert,” says Fleming. May was a particularly deadly month for the large cats, when three panthers were killed in just one weekend. Stay safe on the road! See Defenders’ top 10 tips to help you avoid and prevent collisions with wildlife. 3 Responses to “Panther death tragic reminder to slow down” brandon hyatt October 5th, 2010 this has to stop for all wildlife. I’ve been thinking of a camera built into all vehicles with infared, thermal or something like that to reduce collisions. goddess October 6th, 2010 I bet if it was someones child that was killed something would be done!! Why is it so less meaningful when one of our beloved creatures, that we Share this earth with, is destroyed by our hand? Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up Helicopter gunning kills 23 wolves in Idaho; Urge Secretary Jewell to abandon gray wolf delisting proposal — Call your representative by March 14; Washington wildlife agency urged to end support for abolishing federal wolf protections; The latest on Governor Otter’s wolf control board. Two Too Many Development Projects in the Ivanpah Valley While these projects most definitely directly impact a species that has been identified as threatened and is dependent on the habitat where they would be built, Silver State South and Stateline’s approval is most troubling for a bigger reason. You see, this isn’t just an issue for the Ivanpah Valley. Developers and agencies need to be conscious of how and where they plan energy projects all across the country. They need to look at renewable energy planning with a landscape-wide lens, understanding that building in the right places and making an effort to minimize environmental impacts from the start are essential. California’s Rim Fire: Opportunities Rise from the Ashes After California’s devastating Rim Fire, will officials take the opportunity to give nature a chance to fully recover?