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  • Rob Schmidt
    http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local-beat/Panther-Trapped-Between-a-Hard-Rock- and-a-Hard-Place-80282802.html Panther Trapped Between a Hard Rock and a Hard
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 26, 2010
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      and-a-Hard-Place-80282802.html

      Panther Trapped Between a Hard Rock and a Hard Place
      The Seminole Indians want to destroy 200 acres of Florida panther habitat

      By TODD WRIGHT
      Updated 3:15 PM EST, Tue, Dec 29, 2009

      Haven't politicians gambled enough with the possible extinction of the
      Florida Panther?

      Now, plans from the good-natured, gambling people of the Seminole Indian
      Tribe may strip away valuable wetlands and habitat that likely houses a few
      of the remaining big cats native to South Florida.

      The Seminoles want to destroy 200 acres of wetland on the Big Cypress
      Reservation in Broward to improve some dangerous stretches of road,
      according to the Sun-Sentinel. That same land has been known to be prowled
      by the mysterious and elusive panther.

      "The panther is getting squeezed,'' conservationist Matthew Schwartz told
      the Sun-Sentinel. "Each development may not be the final nail in the coffin,
      but it's the cumulative impact."

      With the type of money brought in by the Seminole Hard Rock and other
      casinos, which often translates into powerful lobbyists, it seems unlikely
      environmentalists or the panther will win out in this battle.

      If approved by the Army Corp of Engineers, the impending expansion is sure
      to bring on a man vs. nature confrontation, with nature likely losing out.

      Already this year, dozens of Florida panthers have been struck and killed by
      cars on roads that were constructed in areas that was once marshlands.

      The same would likely happen in this case.

      That's a gamble the Florida panther can't afford to take.
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