Ruling in Favor of the Florida Panther - by Maria Ferguson
The National Wildlife Federation, NWF, and the Florida Panther Society teamed up to file lawsuits focusing on permits issued under the Clean Water Act. According to the NWF's website, a U.S. District Judge ruled that the Army Corp of Engineers failed to consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife regarding the impacts of nationwide dredge-and-fill permits issued in 2002 affecting critical panther habitat.
The Florida Panther is the "most" endangered wild cat in North America. Sadly, there are only around 100 left in the wild. Excessive development in Florida has been a major cause of the species severely endangered status.
Due to the ruling, the Army Corp of Engineers will now have to go back to the NWF and consult with them to devise conservation measures to protect further decline of the Florida Panther.