EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Fla. (AP) - State wildlife officials
say they will cut part of a program that tracks endangered Florida
panthers with GPS-equipped collars.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says
panther tracking has been suspended in Everglades National Park, at least for this year.

Officials had planned to put new radio collars on the cats there.

The agency says sending officials to track cats in the park just costs too much money right now.

They say the cut won't jeopardize their overall program, which
continues throughout the rest of southwest Florida.

Since the 1980s, officials have collared panthers to track their
population, believed to be about 100 cats now, up from just 30 two
decades ago.

Panthers were placed on the endangered species list in 1967.


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