Goodbye black bears, panthers, sea turtles; hello, 18 million more people

And all that is not even counting the possible effects of global warming.

Don't brush this off thinking it's some alarmist tripe from some liberal crazies. The report was commissioned and stamped by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

“As the state agency whose mission is to manage fish and wildlife resources for their long-term well-being and the benefit of people, it is our responsibility to predict what could happen to the resources we have been charged to conserve. It is what people expect of us,” said Ken Haddad, executive director of the FWC, in a press release. “Our scientists and managers have ‘crunched’ the numbers for the Wildlife 2060 report and assessed what might happen to fish and wildlife if growth continues on its same course.”

It's not all bad news, though. The report gives some suggestions and hopeful stories on turning back the trend (short of a wall at the border). I guess that's why they're putting out the report now — to get us off our asses and thinking about the future.

Download the full report here.

Silver-Lining Bonus: Although our population growth will push out bears and panthers, it looks like unwanted pythons will be around for years to come!

In another 50 years, when the state's population doubles, what will happen to Florida's wildlife?

An end to the rich animal diversity of our state, suggests a new report conducted by the 1000 Friends of Florida.

Among their findings:

  • More than 7 million acres of farmland, woodland and other habitat will be converted to roads, shopping malls and subdivisions.
  • Black bears will lose over 2 million acres of land they have now. A fifth of all gopher tortoise land will also be gone.
  • The natural land left will be fragmented and increasingly hostile to wildlife.
  • Some coastal counties like Flagler and St. Johns could lose as much as half of their current sea turtle nesting sites.
  • Floridians are projected to use a billion more gallons of water a day in 2060, threatening protected bodies of water.
  • As humans take up more land, animal attacks could increase. If trends hold true, alligator complaints could triple and black bear complaints could skyrocket.


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