The Big Cypress National Preserve, located about 45 miles west of Miami, on the border of Everglades National Park, is home to alligators, deer, wild pigs, black bears, Florida panthers and many other animals.
In 1988, 147,000 acres were added to the preserve. The area, known as the “Addition lands,” is closed to off-road vehicles and hunting. The Addition lands have been the subject of debate for years, with environmentalists and hunters arguing over who should have access to the area.
The National Park Service is currently considering a management plan that would allow hunting in the Addition. The public has a chance to comment on the plan until September 16.
Please click here to submit a brief comment against hunting in the Addition lands.
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I strongly support “Draft Alternative #2 - No Hunting in the Addition.” Hunting is inconsistent with the protection of the Florida panther and other endangered species in the area. Hunting is already allowed in most of the Big Cypress National Preserve; the Addition lands are unique and deserve the strongest protections.