March 23, 2018

Is Florida Becoming Large Predator Save Zone?

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One has to wonder, with increasing reports of encounters in Florida between humans and black bears and mountain lions, whether, like in most places where animal perverts think there should be more than one in everyone’s back yard, there are too many, with plans to grow even more.

Recently, captured on video, was someone walking on the elevated wooden walkways of Corkscrew Swamp in southern Florida, who encountered a mountain lion walking, mostly unconcerned, and coming straight at them. The “panther,” as those who have swallowed the myth that it’s a “distinct” subspecies of the mountain lion, became a bit nervous but hurried right on by, fortunately, without stopping for a better look or a taste of some human flesh.

I recall visiting one of these Florida “parks” and asking an attendant if these elevated trails, often winding through dense forest, and in particular mangroves, became a convenient “game trail” for critters of the forest. I was looked at like I had mountain lion dung in my mouth.

I know from the many, many years of being in the woods that animals create their own trails. Why? Other than what might be somewhat obvious to some, (some don’t even suspect) animals like and choose the path of least resistance. Duh? While in the middle of a dense forest, what better way for a mountain lion to get from point A to point B than to take I-95 (a made-up name for the boardwalk – keep up) that crosses the swamp and forest.

But don’t go look.

We are now getting reports of the “YUGE” success of the “conservation” (overprotection) of the black bear. Official estimates (which means this is the only number officials are willing to make public) are Florida now has 4,350 bears (probably at least 6,000). Granted, Florida is a large state encompassing about 65,750 square miles. But, the state also has close to 20,000,000 residents and far more than that when the “Snowbirds” arrive. As bear populations grow, along with human population growth, Florida residents should expect to have increased encounters with bears and mountain lions.

Just this week, an elementary school in Lee County went into “lockdown” because of a bear roaming the neighborhood.

Expect more!


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A Fort Myers, Florida man discovers a “panther” sitting on his porch. Nice!