September 25th, 2009
By Melissa Segrest
Green Right Now
Floridaâ€™s housing bust may be disheartening for developers and damaging to the stateâ€™s economy, but itâ€™s a blessing â€“ short-lived, most likely â€“ for one of the worldâ€™s most endangered big cats.
The Florida panther once roamed most of southeastern America, from the Carolinas to Louisiana and all over Florida. It was hunted, and then squeezed into an increasingly shrinking range as Floridaâ€™s human population boomed. Many other native species in the state have been pushed to the brink of extinction (and a couple are considered extinct).