Joshua Sokol writes in The Atlantic that Florida has been able to pull panthers back from the brink of extinction. But to keep them alive, people will have to be okay with one showing up in their yard.
“Florida faces a challenge,” he writes. “It has already pulled panthers back from the brink of immediate extinction. But to really preserve them, it needs to knit together enough public and private territory to sustain their population, and it needs to keep them off the roads. And somehow, Floridians need to accept a large predator not just as a hockey team mascot but as something you might find on your back porch.”