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The Florida Panther : Life And Death Of A Vanishing Carnivore - David Maehr

The Florida Panther

Life And Death Of A Vanishing Carnivore

Paperback Published: 1st September 1997
ISBN: 9781559635073
Number Of Pages: 278

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When the first field study of the Florida panther took place in 1973, so little was known about the animal that many scientists believed it was already extinct. During more extensive research conducted from 1981 to 1986, panthers were proven to exist, but the handful of senile, anemic, and parasite-infested specimens that were captured indicated a grim future. During those early years a remarkably enduring image of the panther was born, and despite voluminous data gathered over the next decade that showed the panther to be healthy, long-lived, and reproducing, that earlier image has yet to be dispelled.For nine years, biologist David S. Maehr served as project leader of the Florida Panther Study Project, helping to gather much of the later, surprisingly positive data. In The Florida Panther, he presents the first detailed portrait of the animal -- its biology, natural history, and current status -- and a realistic assessment of its prospects for survival.Maehr also provides an intriguing look at the life and work of a field biologist: how captures are made, the intricacies of radio-telemetry tracking, the roles of various team members. He describes the devastating intrusion of politics into scientific work, as he discusses the widespread problems caused by the failure of remote and ill-informed managers to provide needed support and to communicate effectively to the public the goals and accomplishments of the scientists. He examines controversial efforts to establish a captive breeding program and to manipulate the Florida panther's genetic stock with the introduction of relatives from west Texas.Protection of high-quality habitat, much of it in the hands of private landowners, is the key to the long-term survival of the Florida panther. Unless agency decisionmakers and the public are aware of the panther's true situation, little can be done to save it. This book will play a vital role in correcting widespread misconceptions about the panther's current condition and threats to its survival.

Getting Our Feet Wetp. 1
The Panther's Landscapep. 23
An Elusive Identityp. 39
The Nuts and Bolts of Trackingp. 51
A Changing Perspectivep. 65
Sex, Space, and Panther Societyp. 75
Panthers in the Landscapep. 101
The Lure of Captive Breedingp. 121
Into the Panther's Denp. 135
Disturbing Revelationsp. 149
Number 44 and the Panther Gauntletp. 163
Living in the Envelopep. 179
The Panther's Edenp. 195
Muddling Toward a Solutionp. 209
The Panther's Uncertain Futurep. 225
Epiloguep. 223
Vital Statistics of Florida Panthersp. 235
Bibliographyp. 237
Indexp. 249
About the Authorp. 261
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ISBN: 9781559635073
ISBN-10: 155963507X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 278
Published: 1st September 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.39