New Blood Perks Up Florida Panther Population

USA Today - By the early 1990s there were only 20 to 25 Florida panthers left out of what was once a large and thriving population – and those that remained were sickly and inbred, destined for extinction within 20 years, experts estimated. So in 1995 conservation managers moved eight wild-caught female pumas from Texas to the area – a reintroduction so successful that between 1995 and 2008 a total of 424 panther births have been documented.

Clay County Health Department Issues Rabies Alert

The Clay County Health Department has issued a rabies alert for the Middleburg 32068 zip code, south of County Road 218 to State Road 16. This is in response to a raccoon that recently tested positive for rabies.  There is an exposure to a pet and no human exposure from this raccoon. Rabies among wild animals in this area continues to be a concern as this is the second rabies alert issued for this area of Clay County in 2010. The previous alert was issued in February.