Tampa Bay Times: Feds warn Collier County that land-use votes that harm panthers may violate law

An exciting move by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has resulted in a written warning sent to Collier County officials stating that recent land-use approvals may be violating federal law. Two species, the Florida panther and the red-cockaded woopecker, are both listed under the Endangered Species Act and have been found to inhabit the 1,100 acres of land where approval has recently been given to landowners to clear land, cut timber, extend a road, and pursue plans for a rock mining operation. Follow the story, by the Tampa Bay Times, here.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/environment/wildlife/feds-warn-florida-county-that-land-use-votes-that-harm-panthers-may/2137857

Florida panther (Tampa Bay Times)

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