Florida panthers rebound as wildlife service offers ranchers payment plan

The endangered Florida panther, running out of room to prowl as its numbers rebound, may find its best chance at survival is a program to pay distrustful ranchers to protect what remains of its habitat.

The payment plan proposed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service has never been tried before on a large scale with a wide-ranging predator, officials say.

Landowners could receive $22 per acre to maintain the cattle pastures and wooded scrub increasingly critical as panther terrain.

Outside Florida, the cats are known as pumas, cougars or mountain lions.

Read more… Florida panthers rebound as wildlife service offers ranchers payment plan | Environment | theguardian.com.

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