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SW Florida Ranchers Eligible For Support To Preserve Panthers

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Credit Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission / FWC's Flickr account

Ranchers in two southwest Florida counties are eligible for federal funding to protect panthers.

Officials have determined an area stretching from Northeastern Collier County to Southwestern Hendry County is crucial to supporting the Florida panther population.  The species is currently listed as critically endangered.  The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission will coordinate the program which provides help with building fencing and compensating ranchers for cattle lost to panthers.  The deadline to apply is February 3.  

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