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Turner River Closure
Turner River is closed due to low water conditions. It is advised that visitors consider paddling Halfway Creek as an alternative. More »
Beginning January 27, through August 28, Burns Lake Campground will be closed to camping. It will still be accessible for day use and backcountry access, however. More »
Interstate 75 Mile Marker 63 Closure
Beginning summer of 2013, the rest area and backcountry access at Mile Marker 63 will be closed due to construction. More »
Report shows increase in human contact with Florida panthers
Contact: Layne Hamilton, FWS, 239-353-8442, ext. 227
Contact: Dani Moschella, FWC, 561-625-5122
Contact: Bob DeGross, NPS, 239-695-1107
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) today released the 2007 Interagency Florida Panther Response Team Report that summarizes human-panther interactions investigated by the Interagency Florida Panther Response Team between December 2003 and June 2007. The team includes biologists, law enforcement officers and other agency representatives from the USFWS, National Park Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). As more humans move into panther habitat, the potential for human-panther interactions increases. Therefore, the team developed a plan to promote public safety and panther conservation.
Reported interactions included panther sightings and encounters, including one involving a panther that was removed from the wild because it was deemed a potential threat, and multiple domestic animal depredations.
Additionally, the report summarizes outreach and educational efforts completed by the team, as well the work of partnering organizations and local government agencies, which provide the public with the information and tools needed to live and recreate in panther habitat. To view the report, visit http://www.fws.gov/verobeach or http://myfwc.com/panther/.
Did You Know?
Before Gerald Ford, the 38th President of the United States designated Big Cypress as the country's first national preserve, in 1974, he worked as a National Park Ranger at Yellowstone National Park, in 1936. He was the only US President to have worked for the National Park Service.