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Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission takes on climate change

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Earlier today, the Environmental News Service reported that "Florida Tries to Shield Wildlife From Climate Change," and noted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWCC) upcoming conference on climate change in Orlando.  According to the ENS, "Florida is inhabited by endangered and threatened land mammals such as bears, panthers, Key deer, mink and otters, rats and mice, voles and bats. Florida waters host manatees, and endangered humpback, fin, sperm, sei whales, and Atlantic right whales."   That, of course, is just a partial list,  To review the upcoming conference agenda, click here.

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According to recent modeling efforts, sea level rise and a decrease in precipitation could have profound ecological effects on Florida's unique peninsular ecosystems and biota, especially the endangered Florida panther (Puma concolor coryi).  In fact, the model predicted dramatic reductions (from 29% to 90%) for the species' habitat .  The consequences are particularly dire for the panther which has no other populations outside of low-lying south Florida.  Caption information from Andrew Whittle, Graduate Student, University of Kentucky Department of Forestry