a female Florida panther and two kittens walking down a trail

Planned roads could imperil Florida's panthers—and last remaining wilderness

The state has approved three toll roads through wild, sparsely inhabited areas, which could hurt wildlife and a rural way of life.

A female Florida panther and two kittens walk down a trail at Babcock Ranch Preserve in early 2018. This adult panther first showed up here in late 2016, which was the first time since 1973 a female had been seen north of the Caloosahatchee River.

Photograph by Carlton Ward, Jr.

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