Feds announce plans to remove protections for Florida panther, key deer, and whooping crane
As per a proposed federal rule change released last month, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is planning to weaken protections for several iconic endangered species, including the whooping crane, Florida panther, and Florida Key deer. It plans to downlist the whooping crane and key deer from endangered to threatened under the federal endangered species act. Florida Panther is likely to be considered as a subspecies of other panthers in the U.S. and not worthy of endangered species status.