Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Florida Panther (Wooden version)


You will find this beautiful critter at the Homosassa Springs State Park.

Florida panthers have been protected for a number of years as their numbers were dwindling.  But I read recently that protection may be lifted, which I think would be a shame. Nobody needs to hunt Florida panthers!

21 comments:

Sharon Anck said...

Nice kitty!

RedPat said...

I agree Lowell! Were you there to see the manatees?

llandudnopictures said...

I imagine that would not only be a very controversial move but also a very idiotic one too... magnificent animal, and statue.

Sylvia K said...

A beautiful critter indeed and a great capture!! I do hope they continue to protect them, but I'm sure that there are any number of people that would want to spend the money in other ways -- unfortunately!! Hope your week is going well, Lowell!! Love the pic of your book! I want to get a copy as soon as I can!! Hope your week is going well!!

EG CameraGirl said...

I agree!

EG CameraGirl said...

FYI: The temperature in East Gwillimbury is 87° today. Yikes, jus three degrees less than Ocala!

VP said...

The wooden version is perfect for me!

Andy said...

When they start the hunt I hope no one confuses them with the hockey team.

William Kendall said...

Quite a beautiful work!

cieldequimper said...

I've just read an article on threatened species, so so many of them including bees of course and our garden birds. Why one would want to lift protection for animals like this one is beyond me. And yet I'm not allowed to murder any pigeons...

Linda said...

How beautiful!

Lois said...

That is a great shot! I used to see panthers come out of the woods to drink from a pond near my grandparents' house when I was a kid. Sadly that beautiful place has been developed into million dollar condos now. I definitely don't think protection for these beautiful animals should be lifted though. Heck I don't think they should be allowing black bear hunting in Florida either, but what do I know!

Kay said...

Why? Has someone run out of exotic trophy animals?

Halcyon said...

He looks quite friendly here, though I wouldn't want to meet him in the wild!

Birdman said...

Well, maybe the Boston Bruins. GOOOOOOOOOOOAL!

Birdman said...

Ok, let me take it slow this time. Try reading my lips too. It's ice hockey, stupid! Get it Florida Panthers vs my Boston Bruins. Anymore explanation needed? GRIN.

LOLfromPasa said...

Cracking good photographs (as they would say over here).

Jack said...

The logic of permitting some panthers to be culled is that they are wandering into civilization more often, scaring homeowners and occasionally eating some livestock. Of course, this is happening because humans have intruded for decades deep into THEIR habitat. There are only something like 200 remaining panthers and 20 - 30 per year are killed by collisions with cars. My attitude is that the humans need to suck it up and live with the occasional scared lady in her housecoat who finds a panther in her yard when she goes out to get the morning newspaper. The panthers are too rare to be killing any of them.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I had no idea that there were panthers in Florida Lowell, I really do love to learn something new each day, merci beaucoup!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh Goddess, I. Can't believe even governor Scott would allow the protection on these animals to be lifted. How can Florida be so naturally beautiful and still have so many people bent on destroying nature. ( rhetorical, I know the answer).

Kate said...

That's the kind of panther I like! We humans certainly have done a lot of damage to wildlife, haven't we?

"Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again." — Henri Cartier-Bresson