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 Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Safety Pens Mean Peace of Mind in Panther Country For Floridians who live alongside Florida panthers, coexistence means finding ways to protect both their beloved pets and these critically endangered cats. Building an enclosure is a great solution, especially for backyard animals. It’s Time to Act for Right Whales Years after they agreed to expand critical habitat for endangered North Atlantic right whales, we’re still waiting on NMFS to follow through. So we took to the courts to get this much-needed protection in place. How Should We Honor Earth Day? America has many worldwide firsts in conservation: we were the first nation to establish a national park, the first to create a national wildlife refuge, the first to approve a law protecting endangered species and the first to create a national day dedicated to conservation, Earth Day. But today, we are experiencing another period of crisis in America’s commitment to conservation. When did conservation become a polarizing political issue, when it has been, for the past century, a defining characteristic of American values and the American spirit?