Group Title: Interview with Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Videotaped at the Douglas House in Coconut Grove, June 15, 1983.
Title: Florida Panther's failed tracking methods
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Title: Florida Panther's failed tracking methods
Series Title: Interview with Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Videotaped at the Douglas House in Coconut Grove, June 15, 1983.
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Creator: Marjory Stoneman Douglas
Publication Date: June 15, 1983
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida -- South Florida
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Volume ID: VID00008
Source Institution: Florida International University
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A 7alle of iJwo Women
Marjory Stoneman Douglas and Mlaijoric 1larris Carr




Segment: Florida Panther's failed tracking methods

Source: Interview with Marjory Stoneman Douglas: a tale of two women / produced by Florida
International University Learning Resources for FIU/FAU Joint Center. Videotaped at the Douglas House
in Coconut Grove, June 15, 1983.

Length of Segment: 00:05:16

Transcript and audio recording are copyright 1983-2009 Florida International University.



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MSD: (21:50) Also, the hunters were in there, have complicated enormously and now, of course, our, my
own great concern, my own great concern, in the panther in the big cypress, which is the most, the
largest habitat of the existing panther that we have. Our state animal of which is official count is only
about 20 and which have been, whose habitat is being overrun, not only by the oil people but by the
people who go in there for the deer hunting. We had to allow an eleven mile road called the Southern
Road to the Airfield, but they have been able to keep the hunting people from using it. But they haven't,
the Everglades park that controls the Big Cypress have had to allow four crossing points for hunters who
come in on forty-one, and there are four places where they are allowed to cross the road, although they
are not allowed on the road. I'm very anxious to see hunting, to see deer hunting, better controlled in
the Big Cypress. I would be glad to see no hunting there at all, because we'll never preserve the panther
as we should until we get rid of so many hunters, whether they shoot the panther or not. Its very illegal.
They're an endangered species, protected, they're supposed to be protected, by the federal
government. And I am not aware that the panther are being shot particularly because there is a very
heavy fine, jail terms and all that, and I don't know what anybody shoots a panther for, I don't know
what they'd do with the dead body that wouldn't get them arrested. So, that may be under better
control, but I don't like what they're doing about the panther habitat. I think it should be left for the
panther. I think there should be any oil drilling there or any hunting there, I think it should be left for
the panther. The, I don't like... either the state of Florida has had a program of which Colonel Brantley
of the fish and game commission have gotten money to study the panther, and the way they study it, I
think, is nuts! They chase the panther with dogs, chase him up a tree; they shoot him with a
hypodermic that anesthetizes him. He drops off the tree supposedly into a net. Sometimes the net isn't










there and he falls off and breaks bones. They put a collar on him that has batteries and a beeper and
then they let the panther go, so then... I don't know how much that part of it costs, but I know it's a lot.
Then they have a helicopter for a week in each month that flies over the Big Cypress, and they get the
beeps from the panther's collars and know where the panther are. Well all that costs an awful lot of
money, and I don't believe they get any more information about the panther than about that. I've been
trying to get a report from Colonel Brantley as to what they've learned about the panther, and I'm trying
to get it. I hope I can. But I don't believe they've learned very much. There are people who are raising
the Western panther, which is very near to our kind of panther. There are people who are raising
panthers in the area that know more about panthers, I'm perfectly certain, than the men who put the
collars on them. In putting the collar on them, they have to acknowledge that they've killed one
panther, and I think they've killed another panther and that a third has either disappeared with the
collar on it or was drown with the collar on it. To my mind there is another death that Colonel Brantley
denies but I can't help it; I believe it. I believe there has been 3: one killed that they'll acknowledge, one
killed that they won't acknowledge and one that has either disappeared or drown with the collar on it. I
think that that is a very stupid program. Of course, I've already expressed myself to poor Colonel
Brantley on the subject. But the program is discontinued since the beginning of May, I figured it will be
resumed again in January. Well we now, thanks to Senator Neil of Bradenton, we now have a bill passed
through the Florida senate and the House of Representatives with an appropriation for a committee to
study the Florida panther, also. And I hope that committee will be effective in proving that the collaring
program is a bad one. Which I believe it is, I think that anybody who knows about panthers, knows that
a panther with a collar on it is not the same thing as a panther without a collar on it. It's a wild animal,
and it's a cat and a sensitive cat, and we believe that the collar is bad for it, and I don't see why it isn't. I
think they are going to have a hard time proving that it's not bad for it. Anybody who knows anything
about the big cats knows that they are, their breeding habits, their habitats and all they, they're very
sensitive to all kinds of conditions. So anyway, that's the situation as it is now. And you see how
complicated it all is.




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