April 12, 2016 – Craig Pittman
Federal officials want to hear from the public about whether to permit a plan to allow oil drilling, mining and development in Florida’s panther habitat — and to allow the killing of some panthers — in exchange for a promise to preserve some of that land.
The officials are not only asking for comments on the proposal, but they’re also holding public hearings, including one Tuesday night in Naples.
Among the landowners seeking a federal permit is Immokalee rancher Liesa Priddy, whom Florida Gov. Rick Scott appointed to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in 2012. [READ MORE]