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It’s NATIONAL WILDLIFE WEEK, and: Returning the Florida Panther to the Everglades

In honor of National Wildlife Week, March 18-24, here’s a special and rare event from last week:

A Florida panther was recently released into the Picayune Strand State Foresta rare event, in a bid to help save the species. The tagged female will hopefully become a safe and successful mommy!

She and her brother were raised from the age of five months at the White Oak Conservation Center in Yulee, rescued after their mother was found dead.

Rescued Florida Panther at Flamingo Gardens, Florida

Rescued Florida Panther at Flamingo Gardens: Sadly, this guy can’t be returned to the wild, because he underwent a painful de-clawing procedure at the hands of humans

From the article:

Florida panthers were among the first to go on the Endangered Species List back in 1973 when there were as few as 20 remaining individuals. Today they are still in great peril with as few as 100-160 in the wild, but biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) successfully released one female Florida panther into the Picayune Strand State Forest recently with the hope that she will become a successful mom.

Read more….

So much luck to this girl (and to her soon-to-be-released brother!) – AND so many thanks for the continued rescue and conservation efforts the world over!

Rescued Florida Panther at Flamingo Gardens, Florida

Another panther rescue: De-clawing exotic cats is still permitted, unbelievably. It causes extreme pain and lameness, and requires constant pain regulation. Horrific “legal” state minimum enclosure requirements for bears, big cats, and other wild animals (envision a tiny jail cell) are also allowed

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  1. jimbey #

    …. Hard to believe that I am in favor of restoring a critter that will gladly EAT ME if it finds me in the wild – but I am. I’m also in favor of eliminating the barbaric practices that we are allowed to do to animals that have no business being held in captivity in the first place. De-clawing?
    …. This post of yours brings to mind one you did a while back on Cypress Creek – the one where you found the panther paw print. Did you ever turn your sighting in to the F&W people? They want reports of paw sightings so they can track population trends.

    March 19, 2013
    • Very true, all life deserves its place on this planet of ours. And, good idea — I hadn’t reported this sighting, but I will do so immediately….

      March 20, 2013
  2. Great news! 🙂

    March 19, 2013
    • Isn’t she just lovely? So much luck and love to her…. 🙂

      March 20, 2013
  3. narhvalur #

    Reblogged this on Ann Novek–With the Sky as the Ceiling and the Heart Outdoors.

    March 19, 2013
    • Thanks so much for sharing…. 🙂

      March 20, 2013
  4. I’m always happy to hear about creatures being returned to their rightful place on the planet. ❤

    March 19, 2013
    • VERY true, very true!! After her tough start in this life, she got such wonderful help… SO much love to her now!

      March 20, 2013
  5. Beautiful—She is home!

    March 19, 2013
    • She is, isn’t she? And soon enough, her brother will be as well! The work of these conservationists is just amazing. Thank goodness for them….

      March 20, 2013
  6. narhvalur #

    Good enlighning post! Such laws are banned in Sweden as well as well as to keep wild rehabilitated animals in captivity. All rehabilitated animals that can’t be realesed into the wild are euthanased! I must say that I support that!

    March 19, 2013
    • We are INCREDIBLY behind-the-times. Our laws are downright PRIMITIVE. De-clawing exotic cats?

      And you should see the “legal” requirements for enclosures for these animals. It’s BARBARIC. I can’t believe the U.S. allows this, still. Well, it’s state-by-state. And it’s pitiful.

      March 20, 2013
  7. So exciting! I hope they are able to cope in the wild since they are rised in captivity (i guess with this purpose). Declawing and small cages sounds like torture to wild animals.

    March 19, 2013
    • I wish her (and her soon-to-be-released brother) so much love and luck out there… From the cars, the people, the elements.

      And YES: I just mentioned this on another international blogger’s comment: The U.S. is pitifully PRIMITIVE when it comes to these “laws” pertaining to exotic animals. De-clawing? Disgusting. And the size of their permitted enclosures is nothing more than a tiny jail cell. It’s appalling.

      March 20, 2013
  8. Wonderful. A release!!! I am glad that you are making public the torture that we inflict on the animal kingdom. There always has to be a better way.

    March 19, 2013
    • Isn’t it just beautiful?!

      Thanks so much… There most DEFINITELY can be better regulations. The U.S. is pitifully PRIMITIVE when it comes to these “laws” pertaining to exotic animals. De-clawing? Disgusting. And the size of their enclosures is nothing more than a tiny jail cell. It’s appalling. We can, and should, be doing MUCH more to help wildlife captive in these people’s possession.

      March 20, 2013
  9. My stomach turns as I read of the declawing, of this or any cat. I want to shame people when I hear that their “cat’s been declawed” because he or she was scratching the furniture. Hmmm. Maybe we should cut off the the tips of their fingers to the first knuckle, just to make things even, eh?
    I’m heartened to hear of one more beautiful species that may survive us.
    Will human beings ever stop taking the fast lane to conquer all that stands in the way of way they want? There has always been the conquer and destroy mindset and it will be our downfall.
    Thank you for posting this, both heartbreaking and uplifting! Beautiful cats.

    March 19, 2013
    • I’ve been reading how certain counties in the U.S. (WEST) are now making it illegal to do this de-clawing surgery! Unfortunately it’s county-by-county, though.

      But overall, we’re seriously behind when it comes to these “laws” pertaining to exotic animals. De-clawing? Disgusting. And the size of their enclosures is nothing more than a tiny jail cell. It’s appalling. We need to do MORE to help these animals and punish the people maiming and torturing them — not HELP them keep the animals in this condition!

      Thanks so much… At least in these stories, it all ended well, yes? The rescues AND the release, hoorah!!

      March 20, 2013
  10. Others have left comments saying what I would say, so I’ll only add another great post, keep them coming!

    March 19, 2013
    • You’re so very kind….. Thank you!! 🙂

      March 20, 2013
  11. Great post. Hopefully she thrives.

    March 19, 2013
    • Thanks so much…. Sending much love and luck her most beautiful way — and to her soon-to-be-released brother!!

      March 20, 2013
  12. De-clawing … is it what i think it is …. Humans taken away their claws ??!! If it is… it´s cruel and barbarism !
    But this project to rescue this beautiful Florida cat is great ! // Maria

    March 19, 2013
    • You have it completely right… Here in the U.S., it’s LEGAL to keep exotic animals as PETS. How? Why? I cannot fathom. And then, de-claw them, which causes a lifetime of pain and lameness.

      The U.S. is pitifully PRIMITIVE when it comes to these “laws” pertaining to exotic animals. And the size of their enclosures is nothing more than a tiny jail cell. It’s appalling. We need to address this issue — people have tried — but it’s LONG overdue.

      Thank goodness, though, for people such as these — those rescuing the hurt animals, the former “pets,” and returning those that can, to their natural environment!!

      March 20, 2013
    • Thank you for teling me this … I´m sad to here that it legal to do thing like de-clawing and have these exotic animals as pets !!?? I didn´t know that and i think its disgusting !!!
      // Maria

      March 21, 2013
      • Absolutely… I honestly can’t believe that 1) it’s legal to even own these animals, 2) to keep them in such dire conditions, and finally, 3) to perform a surgery on them that will cause them a life of constant PAIN.

        So much needs to be done in this country with this issue… SO much.

        March 25, 2013
  13. Very interesting story but so sad. It’s amazing what the top predators have to go through. The apex predators have had to pay a high price for being on top of the food chain.

    March 19, 2013
    • VERY well said.

      As a country, we need a serious revision of our laws pertaining to exotic animals. De-clawing? Disgusting. And the size of their enclosures is nothing more than a tiny jail cell. It’s appalling. It’s long overdue.

      But much luck and love to those able to return to the wild… And to those still in captivity; may they be found and rescued by all the wonderful groups out there trying so very hard to make a difference!!

      March 20, 2013
  14. You post the loveliest things. 🙂 Wonderful story, and beautiful pictures!

    March 19, 2013
    • THANKS so very much!

      She deserves all the love and luck the world has to offer….

      March 20, 2013
  15. We live in Cougar country and occasionally one of these magnificent animals is seen in our neighborhood. (I have yet to spot one.) Oregon still allows these big cats to be shot. A former intern of mine in California, Sharon Negri, went on to create the Mountain Lion Foundation.

    March 19, 2013
    • I know certain areas still allow this, and I’ll never understand… As another blogger just commented, and she said it so very well: “As apex predators, they’ve had to pay a high price for being on top of the food chain.”

      Very well said. Just shoot the biggest and baddest.

      So wonderful for this woman! I have to now look it up, of course — her organization!

      March 20, 2013
  16. Reblogged this on LivingWithHealthyOutlook and commented:
    I personally believe in wildlife conservation for our Earth Future and Our Children’s Children’s the more we learn about what surrounds us the better we can protect it.

    March 19, 2013
  17. Beautiful story! Some of us do care!

    March 19, 2013
    • Thanks so much!

      As dismal as the situation is with the United States’ laws pertaining to exotic “pets”…. And wildlife, in general…. It’s easy to see how many wonderful souls are out there fighting for their well-being and safety. And to them, a resounding THANK YOU! And so much love. 🙂

      March 20, 2013
  18. This is wonderful news…..Michelle

    March 19, 2013
    • Isn’t it just beautiful? I wish her all the love and luck in the world — and to her soon-to-be-released brother, as well!! 🙂

      March 20, 2013
  19. What a beautiful animal! Best luck to her indeed 😀

    March 19, 2013
    • These animals are just magnificent!!

      SO much luck and love to her — and to her soon-to-be-released brother, as well! They deserve all the luck the world as to offer….

      March 20, 2013
  20. A horrible story about the declawing practices. The plight and misery of animals at the hands of humans breaks my heart.

    March 19, 2013
    • We are INCREDIBLY behind-the-times. Our laws are downright PRIMITIVE. De-clawing exotic cats? And you should see the “legal” requirements for enclosures for these animals. It’s BARBARIC. I can’t believe the U.S. allows this, still. Well, it’s state-by-state. And it’s pitiful.

      At least in these stories, it all ended well, yes? The rescues AND the release, hoorah!! Thank goodness for all those people fighting for their safety and protection….

      March 20, 2013
  21. That’s great news for these two cats, I hope they do well and make a positive impact!

    March 20, 2013
    • These guys are incredibly fortunate, after such tough starts to life… So much luck and love to them; they deserve every bit the world has to offer!!

      March 20, 2013
  22. Thanks so much for posting about this magnificent cat! Well done!

    March 20, 2013
    • Thank you!! They deserve all the luck and love in the world, having been through so much… These animals face too much in our world. But thank goodness to those humans striving valiantly to help them!

      March 21, 2013
  23. The best thing that can be done to these creatures is to return them to the place they belongs. Great post.

    March 20, 2013
    • Thanks so much…. And you’re exactly right, thank goodness for all those people saving them, and working so hard to return them to their natural lands — lands we must continue to preserve and protect.

      March 21, 2013
  24. marialla #

    mmm – LOOKS LIKE MY EROFEJ!!!!( a brown tabby) thank you!! Mari

    March 20, 2013
    • Hahaha!! A BIG version, eh?

      March 21, 2013
      • marialla #

        FOR SURE BUT MY EROFEJ IS BIG OF HEART!!!

        March 21, 2013
  25. They are such beautiful and graceful creatures. Although I wouldn’t want to meet them in a dark alley. It is so sad what humans did to them all in the name of having an exotic pet.

    March 20, 2013
    • So very true! A complete predator, through and through…. But one that should be given every chance the world has to offer — not shot on the spot, or caged and de-clawed and tortured. So much love to them ALL!!

      March 21, 2013
  26. Wishing her a long, happy and fruitful life. I love panthers and truly hope that this stunning cat can help make a difference.

    March 21, 2013
    • Ditto, ditto, DITTO! She, and her species, deserve all the luck and love the world have to offer. They’ve been through so much, already.

      March 21, 2013
  27. Fantastic animals!
    Fantastic release!
    Fantastic post!

    Thank you!

    March 22, 2013
    • Hee! Thanks so much! Your fantastic post brought a fantastic smile to my face. 🙂

      March 25, 2013
  28. These panthers are true beauties. Here’s to wishing them success to go forth and multiply. Geez, that sounds so biblical.

    March 27, 2013
    • Hahahah! Oh believe me, I wish them that as well… They need ALL the luck and love in the world for this endeavor, as well as for their continued safety. Such magnificent, beautiful creatures.

      March 28, 2013
      • We have cougars in our city parks, but few people have seen them. The park behind the university campus has cougars. I’ve never seen track marks or any sign of them.

        March 28, 2013
      • I hope they’re safe — they must be! I’ve seen panther tracks on some of my hikes, but it’s rare.

        As another commenter stated — they suffer MUCH being an apex predator in our current society. It’s tragic.

        March 29, 2013

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