My friends, a tragedy has unfolded.
Some sorry piece of human waste has shot and killed a Florida Panther.
There is a $15,000.00 reward for the capture of this felon.
Not one to miss any opportunity to profit from the issue, HSUS has contributed money to the reward. I'll take their money, but I hope that all Florida Sportsmen put there money where their mouth is and make this reward a whopping one, and then push for prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.
The FWC alert shot across my screen just a few minutes ago. You can read it in its entirety here: $15,000 Reward Offered in Hunt for Panther Shooter
"The FWC encourages anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case to come forward, so we can bring the person or persons responsible for this crime to justice," said FWC Capt. Jeff Ardelean. "It is our agency's mission to protect and preserve the rare and magnificent panther, the state's official animal, for future generations."
Anyone with information regarding this case should call the USFWS's Office of Law Enforcement, in Fort Myers, Florida at (239) 561-8144. Those wishing to stay anonymous should call the FWC's Wildlife Alert Line at 1-888-404-3922.I've placed a call to the Florida Wildlife Commission for more information on where to send the money so we, the Hunting Sportsmen of the United States can up the reward!
On a similar note:
"Jesse Barresse of Hudson was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Tampa today for intentionally shooting and killing a bald eagle, while he was illegally duck hunting in Ruskin on January 13, 2008. Barresse received six months in federal prison, followed by a year of supervised release. He also must pay $500 in restitution to the North American Wetlands Conservation Fund and $25 in court fees. Barresse was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Steven D. Merryday."
From the USFWS
Whomever shot and killed the panther will get caught and punished.
The Hunt Continues...