The Florida Panther: Life And Death Of A Vanishing Carnivore [NOOK Book]

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When the first field study of the Florida panther took place in 1973, so little was known about the animal that many scientists believed it was already extinct. During more extensive research conducted from 1981 to 1986, panthers were proven to exist, but the handful of senile, anemic, and parasite-infested specimens that were captured indicated a grim future. During those early years a remarkably enduring image of the panther was born, and despite voluminous data gathered over the next decade that showed the ...
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The Florida Panther: Life And Death Of A Vanishing Carnivore

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Overview

When the first field study of the Florida panther took place in 1973, so little was known about the animal that many scientists believed it was already extinct. During more extensive research conducted from 1981 to 1986, panthers were proven to exist, but the handful of senile, anemic, and parasite-infested specimens that were captured indicated a grim future. During those early years a remarkably enduring image of the panther was born, and despite voluminous data gathered over the next decade that showed the panther to be healthy, long-lived, and reproducing, that earlier image has yet to be dispelled. For nine years, biologist David S. Maehr served as project leader of the Florida Panther Study Project, helping to gather much of the later, surprisingly positive data. In The Florida Panther, he presents the first detailed portrait of the animal -- its biology, natural history, and current status -- and a realistic assessment of its prospects for survival. Maehr also provides an intriguing look at the life and work of a field biologist: how captures are made, the intricacies of radio-telemetry tracking, the roles of various team members. He describes the devastating intrusion of politics into scientific work and examines controversial efforts to establish a captive breeding program and to manipulate the Florida panther's genetic stock with the introduction of relatives from west Texas. Protection of high-quality habitat, much of it in the hands of private landowners, is the key to the long-term survival of the Florida panther. Unless agency decisionmakers and the public are aware of the panther's true situation, little can be done to save it. This book will play a vital role in correcting widespread misconceptions about the panther's current condition and threats to its survival.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597268592
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1997
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 278
  • File size: 18 MB
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David S. Maehr is assistant professor of conservation biology in the Department of Forestry at the University of Kentucky. He is author of the forthcoming title Large Mammal Restoration (Island Press, 2001), due out in the fall of 2001.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Getting Better Design in Your Community
Ch. 2 Convincing Arguments for Design
Ch. 3 Targeting Public Works and Transportation
Ch. 4 Using Money as an Incentive: Supporting Design through Grant Programs
Ch. 5 Creating Space for Artists and Cultural Activity
Ch. 6 Integrating Design into Finance and Development
Ch. 7 Rewarding Quality Design: The Governor's Design Awards Program
Ch. 8 Education as Advocacy: From Public Officials to Children
Ch. 9 Practical Tips for Action
Appendix A: Design Arts Programs in Other States
Appendix B: Urban Design Glossary: Key Design and Planning Terms
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index
About the Author
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