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Seminole Tribe's cattle operation protects Florida wildlife

Seminole Tribe's cattle operation protects Florida wildlife

As development eats away at Florida's untamed lands, wild animals have found an ally in the Seminole Tribe. The tribe's 36,000-acre cattle operation on the Brighton Reservation, north of Lake Okeechobee, is an important pathway for migrating wildlife including panthers, bobcats, bears, deer, wild hogs and turkeys. So is the even larger Big Cypress reservation, which covers 52,000 acres in southwest Florida but has fewer cattle. The Seminoles have increased efforts in recent years to preserve this habitat, by ensuring cleaner water and by rooting out invasive species, helping wildlife to move freely between public preserves that abut the reservation. Without the Seminoles'...

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