|Alligator on the Hillsborough River near Tampa, Photo by Robert Brinkmann|
Yet, not all species are so lucky. Most areas of the world do not protect endangered species in the same way we do. Yet, we still have extinctions such as the Eastern Cougar in our country. The laws and policies we have were unable to protect this species. Such news gives us an opportunity to reflect on what we are doing in our society that could cause such a devastating event.
|Florida panther using an underpass near the Everglades|
Regardless of what we do, there is no doubt that we are in a period of time that will see even more extinctions. We must continue to protect those we can and we need to change current practices in order to preserve habitat and build connectivity of landscapes.