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Panther comeback in Florida means lost cattle for ranchers, study finds
Panther comeback in Florida means lost cattle for ranchers, study finds

The Florida panther nearly died out in the 1990s, but conservation efforts since then have more than quadrupled the number of the endangered cats -- and research shows that may be bad news for cattle ranchers. For centuries, more than 1,000 panthers, also known as cougars and mountain lions, roamed what is now Florida, until around 1832, when a bounty was placed on them because of their perceived threat to people and livestock. By 1995, there were only 20 to 25 of the cats left, and conservation efforts ramped up. By 2012, their numbers had grown to between 100 and 160. Caitlin Jacobs, a University of Florida master's student in wildlife ecology and conservation, spent two years...

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