Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Florida panther discussion at town hall meeting

By news-press.com
Originally posted on November 06, 2006

Tips on how to get along with Florida panthers will be discussed at a 7 p.m. Nov. 16 town hall meeting in Collier County.

The meeting is sponsored by federal, state and county officials.

As development in Southwest Florida moves eastward, they will have less and less room to avoid people, said Layne Hamilton, manager of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge in Collier.

"People have to be careful around wild animals. We are committed closely to working with residents of Collier and surrounding counties to provide them with information so that they know what to do to reduce risks to themselves, their pets and livestock," said Chuck Collins, regional director for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The town hall meeting will be held at the University of Florida's Agricultural Extension Center, 14700 Immokalee Road east of Interstate 75.

For more information, call Collier County Commissioner Jim Coletta's office at 774-8391 or visit his Web site at www.jimcoletta@colliergov.net.

http://www.news-press.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061106/ NEWS0105/61106037/1075

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